Coronavirus 12 May 2020 Government extends furlough scheme until end of October, payments to remain at 80 per cent of salary Sign UpGet the New Statesman\'s Morning Call email. Sign-up Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the government's furlough scheme until the end of October, a longer extension than expected. Until the end of July, the scheme will run in its current form, paying furloughed workers 80 per cent of their salary up to £2,500 a month, Sunak said. From August, businesses will be able to bring furloughed staff back to work part-time. Furlough payments will remain at 80 per cent of salary, but they will be split between government and employers. More details on this split will be revealed later this month. › Rishi Sunak has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – but it can't last forever Image credit: TOLGA AKMEN / Getty Images Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!