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Sunak to unveil changes to furlough scheme

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Rishi Sunak: will expect firms to make a contribution

Companies will be prevented from putting additional employees into the Government’s furlough scheme as part of plans to get Britain back to work, according to reports.

The Chancellor Rishi Sunak does not want companies to furlough more workers as they resume trading.

He will offer to help businesses wean themselves off Government financial support and unveil details of how they will be expected to contribute to the scheme.

The last published figures showed eight millions jobs have been furloughed, roughly a quarter of the total in the UK.

At the moment, furloughed employees are receiving 80% of their normal pay up to £2,500 a month.

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But this could change from August, with Mr Sunak expected to say employers must contribute 20% of salary, with government contributions falling to 60%. Companies would also be expected to pay NI contributions.

The Chancellor will be keen to head off a wave of summer redundancies as the first phase of the furlough scheme ends.

In Scotland, new guidance has been published for retailers and manufacturers to consider how people can safely return to work, with updated guidance for construction to be published later in the week.

The documents, which are among the first for a number of specific sectors, have been developed in consultation with business, trades unions and regulators. This will provide advice on essential equipment and services needed to create the conditions for safer workplaces.

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