EMPLOYERS will have to start paying some of the costs of furloughed workers from August under changes announced to the Government’s wage support scheme tonight. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that from August 1 they will be required to start paying National Insurance and pension contributions for furloughed staff. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates From September, businesses who continue to furlough employees will have to stump up 10 per cent of their wages, and 20 per cent in October. The Government will continue paying the remainder of the wages to ensure all furloughed workers receive 80 per cent of their salaries – up to a maximum of £2,500 per month – until the end of October when the scheme will end. But Mr Sunak revealed that furloughed workers will be allowed to return part-time from July in a bid to give businesses maximum flexibility as they begin to resume operations and adjust to the new Covid-19 workplace arrangements. This is a month earlier than previously planned.He said tonight: “I believe it is right in the final phase of this 8 month scheme to ask employers to contribute towards the wages of their staff. “As… Read full this story
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