Coronavirus UK live: Rishi Sunak to announce tapering of furlough scheme

Posted by on May 29, 2020 2:38 am
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Chancellor to say that employers will have to pay 20% of wages of furloughed staff as state subsidy scheme is wound down

7.38am BST

The environment secretary, George Eustice, is fielding questions on behalf of the government this morning.

As the Dominic Cummings row enters its seventh day, Eustice tells Sky News he doesn’t think the controversy “should affect at all people’s approach” to the lockdown

‘I don’t think what Dominic Cummings did should affect people’s approach to the lockdown.’

George Eustice says people need to ‘exercise judgement’ as the govt eases lockdown restrictions in England.

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“Now I don’t know what Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor, will say later in terms of self-employed and the furlough scheme for them, but I think there is a general overarching message here that we’ve had a very generous furlough scheme in place to help people through these extraordinary times and to ensure that businesses’ overheads could be covered.”

7.34am BST

Good morning and welcome to the Guardian’s UK liveblog on the coronavirus pandemic. This is Josh Halliday in Manchester to steer you through the news.

Later today the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will announce that employers will have to pay a fifth of the wages of furloughed staff, and national insurance and pension contributions, from August as the state subsidy scheme is wound down.

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