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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

MP welcomes extension of jobs furlough scheme

Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes (pictured) has welcomed the Chancellor's announcement that the coronavirus jobs furlough scheme will be extended.

Rishi Sunak said that the scheme, which pays the wages of workers on leave, will be extended for a further four months.

The Chancellor said: “Until the end of July, there will be no changes to the scheme whatsoever. From August to October the scheme will continue, for all sectors and regions of the UK, but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work. 

"Employers currently using the scheme will be able to bring employees back part-time. To change their incentives, we will ask employers to start sharing, with the government, the costs of paying people’s salaries.

“Workers will, through the combined efforts of government and employers, continue to receive the same level of support as they do now, at 80% of their salary, up to £2,500.”

Simon Baynes said: “This is great news for furloughed workers in my constituency of Clwyd South and the rest of Wales, and it shows the UK Government’s level of support for people hard hit by this terrible pandemic.

“The Chancellor and the UK Government are taking a sensible, measured approach as we begin our return to normality, and that is absolutely the right course of action.

“As always, if there’s anything I can do to assist workers or employers in Clwyd South, I urge them to get in touch with me at I’m here to help in any way I can.”

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