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COVID-19: Update on the Job Retention Scheme (Furlough Scheme)


If you have been making claims under the furlough scheme, then you should be aware that the scheme in its original form has now closed. You can no longer make any claims for periods to 31 October 2020.

There are financial penalties for those employers who have over-claimed under the scheme. If you have claimed too much, or your circumstances have changed, meaning that part or all of a claim becomes ineligible, then you should report this to HMRC.

All paperwork should be kept for the required retention period of six years. A list of the documentation, which should be made available should HMRC request it, is listed in the guidance, which can be found here: Government Guidance on the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme.    

At the end of October, the Job Retention Scheme was extended, from 1 November 2020 to 31 March 2021. Updates for this will be posted in our COVID-19: Guidance and resources for churches, charities and Christian workers.  

The Job Retention Bonus and Job Support Scheme previously announced by the Government have been withdrawn.


Lunchtime Employment webinar with Mark Jones and Gemma Herrick of Edward Connor Solicitors


This webinar, recorded in June, discussed updates to the furlough scheme from July. The latter part of the recording contains information on what to do if you have no work for your staff to return to at the end of the furlough scheme, including alternatives to redundancy.




Links to information referred to in the webinar can be found below:


Stewardship COVID-19 webpage

Edward Connor Solicitors factsheet on redundancy

Edward Connor Solicitors Redundancy Pack

Government guidance on COVID-19 retention scheme

Government guidance on staff redundancy

ACAS guidance on redundancy 

ACAS guidance on responding to a flexible working request


*This webinar was recorded on 23rd June 2020. All the information and guidance shared was relevant to the challenges being faced during the COVID-19 outbreak. Please ensure you check this guidance is in line with current Government guidance. Whilst every care has been taken in the preparation of this recording, Stewardship cannot be responsible for action taken or refrained from in reliance thereon. It is recommended that appropriate professional guidance be sought in each relevant individual circumstance.