The purpose of this LTB is to notify branches of the government announcement yesterday of an extension to the furlough scheme – the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. While the majority of CWU members have continued to work throughout the crisis, we have a number of members who will be affected by this.

Under the scheme employers have been able to claim the costs from the government of 80% of an employees’ wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, where they have been furloughed as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak. In many instances this has meant avoiding redundancies and provided a level of protection for workers’ incomes. The government has now said that the scheme will continue to operate in its current form until the end of July.

Alongside this, the government has announced that there will be a further extension to October, but with changes to the scheme from August. The details of these changes will be announced at the end of May and will include allowing employers to claim a share of wage costs for furloughed employees returning to work part-time.

An updated note on government assistance measures during the crisis from the CWU Research Department is attached to this LTB and any queries in relation to the operation of the scheme in particular employers should be addressed to the relevant industrial department. Any general queries should be addressed to

Yours sincerely,

Dave Ward

General Secretary


Government Assistance Measures – Work Welfare Housing and Childcare 12 05 20

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