UK workers to get two-thirds of wages if firms told to shut

It was announced this afternoon by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak that the government will cover two-thirds of workers’ wages at businesses forced to close during new coronavirus lockdowns.

Firms forced to legally shut for some period over winter as part of local or national restrictions can receive grants to pay up to 67% of employees’ salaries to a maximum of £2,100 a month.

He said: “Throughout the crisis the driving force of our economic policy has not changed. I have always said that we will do whatever is necessary to protect jobs and livelihoods as the situation evolves.

“The expansion of the Job Support Scheme will provide a safety net for businesses across the UK who are required to temporarily close their doors, giving them the right support at the right time.”

To be eligible the business must be subject to restrictions and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days. The new scheme will run from November 1 and will run for six months, with a review in January.

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