The Chancellor, this evening, announced further measures to support people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

The Chancellor’s statement can be found at GOV.UK.

Updated guidance for employers, businesses and employees is available at:

·         COVID-19: support for businesses

·         COVID-19: guidance for employees

We will continue to share the most up to date information directly with you as it becomes available.

This seems to imply that if your employer has temporarily ‘furloughed’ your employment – i.e. intends to take you back on as soon as they are able to do so – they will get 80% of your salary costs reimbursed by the government so please contact your employer about this – do remember though that they will need to get a full understanding of how this will work.

This sounds like a really helpful and welcome relief.