To reflect extended social distancing measures, the Treasury has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which allows employers to claim a grant to assist with payment of wages to "fuloughed" workers, will be extended for another month to the end of June.
The move is to allow firms from across UK to continue to protect millions of jobs
The scheme will continue to be monitored to ensure people and businesses can get back to work as soon as it’s safe to do so to drive UK economic recovery.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: We’ve taken unprecedented action to support jobs and businesses through this period of uncertainty, including the UK-wide Job Retention Scheme. With the extension of the coronavirus lockdown measures yesterday, it is the right decision to extend the furlough scheme for a month to the end of June to provide clarity. It is vital for people’s livelihoods that the UK economy gets up and running again when it is safe to do so, and I will continue to review the scheme so it is supporting our recovery.