From Wednesday 1 July, businesses using the Government’s furlough scheme will be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time.

Even if they don’t, the Government will continue to pay 80% of staff salaries during June and July.

Additionally, from August to October, while employees on furlough will continue to get 80% of their salary, who pays for that will change slightly.

The amount the State pays will be reduced each month, with employers expected to contribute towards furloughed employees’ employment costs.

The scheme will come to an end on 31 October 2020.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our top priority has always been to support people, protect jobs and businesses through this crisis. The furlough and self-employment schemes have been a lifeline for millions of people and businesses.

“We stood behind Britain’s businesses and workers as we came into this crisis and we stand behind them as we come through the other side.

“Now, as we begin to reopen our country and kick-start our economy, these schemes will adjust to ensure those who are able to work can do so, while remaining amongst the most generous in the world.”

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