Government extends furlough scheme until end of October, payments to remain at 80 per cent of salary

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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.

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