Chancellor announces extension to job retention scheme

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has announced that the UK’s job retention furlough scheme will continue until the end of October. There will be no reduction in the 80% as originally set out, but the government will try to encourage more workers to return to the workplace if it is safe to do so from August. Non-furloughed workers may not be able to return to office environments until November, subject to government guidelines.