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Changes to Furlough Scheme From August Announced

Members who are employed, and currently being paid through the Government’s furlough scheme, should be aware of changes that will come into play from August onwards.

Published: 01 June 2020 | 12:00 AM Updated: 28 April 2021 | 4:30 PM
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On Friday the Chancellor Rishi Sunak – as well as announcing an extension to the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) – laid out the Government’s plans for phasing out the Government’s support scheme for employed workers.

He confirmed that in August, the taxpayer contribution will stay at 80%. Employers will only be asked to pay national insurance and employer pension contributions.

By September, employers will be asked to start paying towards people’s wages. Taxpayers will pay 70% of the furlough grant, employers 10%.

And then in October, taxpayers will pay 60% and employers will top this up with 20%. The scheme will then close.

No musician left behind

According to our research, more than a third of musicians are likely to slip between the cracks of the Government’s support schemes.

Ask the Chancellor Rishi Sunak to ensure no musician is left behind.

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