Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Treasury written question – answered on 24th June 2020.

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Photo of Jeremy Wright Jeremy Wright Conservative, Kenilworth and Southam

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of amending the terms of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to enable employees to take part in employer sanctioned research and development work while furloughed.

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

The purpose of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is to support people who would otherwise have been made redundant. To prevent fraudulent claims, the Government made it clear that individuals cannot work or volunteer for their organisation.

When on furlough, an employee can undertake training or volunteer subject to public health guidance, so long as they are not making money for their employer or any organisation linked or associated with their association, or providing services to their employer or any organisation linked or associated with their association.

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