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The success of the furlough scheme—and the fear of what comes next

Workers must be given continued support of some kind to navigate the challenge ahead

By John Bowers  

What happens when the chancellor's generosity runs out? Photo: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/PA Images

So, Rishi Sunak has been generous yet again. The unprecedented Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS, usually known as the furlough scheme) will continue until October this year, albeit on a gradually reducing basis. Employees on furlough will be permitted to work part time. From 1st August, employers will have to pay employees’ national insurance and pension contributions.

From 1st September, the government will only reimburse 70 per cent of salary (up to a maximum of £2,190). Employers…

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