The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak has just announced that the Furlough scheme to be extended until the end of March 2021, with government paying up to 80% of wages until January at least.  The Government will review whether employers should be asked to contribute more at this point.

Due to this extension of the Furlough scheme the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus will no longer be available in February. However, the Chancellor said they will consider an alternative at a later date.

Also, the Self-Employed Income Support scheme (SEISS) has been increased to 80% of average earnings for November, December and January. This grant will be available from 30 November.

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The Job Support Scheme (JSS) replaces the Job Retention (Furlough) Scheme, which ends 31st October.

JSS will open on 1 November and run for six months, until 30 April 2021. The government has said it will review the terms of the scheme in January 2021.

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