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To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that people furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme who are (a) shielding and (b) living in a household where someone else is shielding do not have to return to work in breach of public health advice as the covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased.
On 12 May, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was extended for four months until the end of October. The scheme has been extended in full until the end of July, and then the Government will introduce changes to the scheme concerning part-time working and employer contributions from August. The Treasury and HMRC are working urgently to finalise the detail of these changes, which will be announced by the end of May.