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Amendments to the Job Support Scheme Version 2 FAQs

On 24 September 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new Job Support Scheme would be introduced to replace the Job Retention Scheme, which comes to an end of 31 October 2020. The stated aim of the new scheme was to support wages and allow employers the option of keeping people in work on shorter hours, rather than make them redundant. It formed part of the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan. The Job Support Scheme was scheduled to begin on 1 November 2020, the day after the Job Retention of “Furlough” Scheme comes to an end, and is currently scheduled to last 6 months until 30 April 2021. If we have learnt nothing else in the current pandemic however it is that the situation is extremely fluid if not uncertain. The announcement on Friday 9 October 2020 to add an extension to this Jobs Support Scheme is therefore perhaps not altogether surprising. We have set out below our current understanding of these additional changes to the scheme.

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