Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 12th June 2020.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions) (Employment)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure that people (a) who are shielding, (b) who live with people who are shielding and (c) identified as clinically vulnerable during the covid-19 outbreak but are not shielding are furloughed by employers where that is an option.

Photo of Vicky Foxcroft Vicky Foxcroft Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that people who (a) are shielding, (b) live with people who are shielding and (c) are clinically vulnerable but are not shielding are offered furlough during the covid-19 outbreak.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Employees who are unable to work because they are shielding in line with public health guidance, or who need to stay home with someone who is shielding, can be furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). Those who are clinically vulnerable but not shielding are eligible for furlough on the same grounds as other employees. Any decision to access the CJRS is at the employer’s discretion.

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