The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is designed to help those who otherwise would have been made unemployed and to provide support to businesses as quickly as possible. Allowing employers to move staff to part-time and claim the difference would be contrary to the policy goal and substantially increase the risk of fraud. It is also inconsistent with public health guidance for people to stay at home. However, there is flexibility in the scheme as employers can decide how many staff to furlough, and staff can be furloughed multiple times while the scheme is in operation, provided they are furloughed for a minimum of 3 weeks.The Honourable Member
will appreciate that at this unprecedented time the Government is receiving very significant volumes of correspondence. HM Treasury
officials are working to ensure that all Honourable Members receive a reply to correspondence as soon as possible.