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Further extension of furlough scheme


9 March 2021

The government’s job retention scheme has been extended until the end of September 2021 and continues to cover up to 80% of an employee's salary for the hours they can't work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. Churches can choose to fully furlough staff or to use flexible furlough arrangements to furlough staff for part of their working week.
  • For May and June, the government will continue to contribute 80% of salary, and employer retain responsibility to pay national insurance and pension contributions
  • From July, the government will contribute 70% and employers will have to pay 10% for hours not worked
  • In August and September the government will pay 60% and employers 20%
Click here for full details of the current scheme.


A quick reminder that our Guide for Churches as Employers contains more detailed information on dealing with staff in relation to working from home, self-isolation, sick pay and furlough arrangements.

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