Maria Miller welcomes Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extension.

Yesterday, the Chancellor extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October,  giving workers and businesses the certainty they need that the Government will continue to support them.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has already protected more than 7 million jobs across the UK which would otherwise have been at risk. As the Government moves into the second stage of its response to coronavirus, it is focused on not just saving lives, but also saving livelihoods.

Maria said; “I welcome the announcement by the chancellor to extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October. This will provide invaluable support to ensure people can pay their bills put food on the table and avoid a cliff edge allowing constituents to get back to work in a measured way.”

Until the end of July, workers will continue to receive 80 per cent of their current salary, up to £2,500 a month, from the Government. From the start of August, the scheme will be more flexible, and furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to contribute towards some of the costs of their salaries.