Times are incredibly tough at the moment – the Office for National Statistics Link opens in a new window has reported that the proportion of people in the UK who have been furloughed increased again in January 2021, as a result of the latest Covid-19 restrictions. According to Statista Link opens in a new window, approximately 9.9million jobs from 1.2million different employers have been furloughed so far. We know that being furloughed can feel incredibly daunting, unsettling and overwhelming – and that’s before you even think about what will happen when the scheme ends. Here’s what you need to know.
1. The place for reliable updates
The BBC is always a trustworthy fount of constantly updated knowledge, so this page is well worth a visit to get clued up on the basics. The site is kept up-to-date with the latest changes and timings, which is another bonus. This news article covers key questions, such as ‘Can I be furloughed to look after my children?’, ‘Why has the scheme been extended?’ and ‘What does furlough mean for employers?’.Read the BBC news article Link opens in a new window
Can I be furloughed to look after my children?
Schools haveclosed to most pupils in England, Scotland and Wales- while Northern Ireland will have anextended period of remote learning.
Employees are eligible for furlough if they cannot workdue to caring responsibilities resulting from coronavirus. This includes childcare, the government says. However, employers are not obliged to furlough you.
Trade union umbrella body TUC says many businesses are not aware of this rule. It says employers shouldThe BBCdo the right thing and furlough mums and dads.
2. Made redundant while furloughed?
give people the knowledge and the confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem. They are totally independent and impartial, which is why millions of people go to them for confidential advice. This article covers pretty much everything you’d ever need to know. It explains all about the government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, who can be furloughed and how it works, as well as covering important topics such as whether you can be made redundant if you’ve been furloughed and what to do if you’re having problems receiving your furlough pay. If you have recently been made redundant, we’ve got an article full of helpful information you might need to know here.
If you’ve been made redundant while you’re furloughed
You can still be made redundant while you’re furloughed. Your employer will take you off the furlough scheme when you start your notice period. They'll still have to pay you any money you're owed and follow the right process. They can’t discriminate against you - check if your redundancy is fair Link opens in a new window if you’re not sure.
You might be entitled to:
pay during your notice period - you can check how much notice pay you should get Link opens in a new window
pay for holiday time you haven’t taken - you can check how much holiday pay you should get Link opens in a new window
extra money for your redundancy - you can check how much redundancy pay you can get Link opens in a new window.
3. Need-to-know info on the current furlough scheme
This article from national newspaper The Sun focuses specifically on one question – ‘When does the furlough scheme extension end in the UK?’ – while also covering over points around the Job Support Scheme and who is eligible for the furlough extension that Rishi Sunak announced in December 2020. The Sun highlight the key facts to be aware of in an easy to digest way and also regularly update their articles to make sure they remain topical and accurate.Read the Sun news article Link opens in a new window
4. A female-focused view on furlough
Last but definitely not least, we’d recommend Glamour. Perhaps not a site you’d think to visit for advice and information on being furloughed, but we’re big fans of Glamour and their ‘Money Matters’ content. You won’t find any meaningless jargon here, just plenty of useful tips on how to set realistic financial goals (yes, even if you’ve been furloughed or made redundant) and their advice feels optimistic but achievable. They’ve also published an incredibly helpful article on what furlough means for maternity leave Link opens in a new window.Read the Glamour news article Link opens in a new window
How to take control of your finances if you’ve been furloughed or made redundant
Those who have been furloughed or made redundant during the pandemic will likely have seen their finances take quite a hit - but there are still ways to make your money stretch further.
GlamourIt is vital to minimise overspending and save wherever you can. While the furlough scheme is in place to protect jobs and the Government is doing all it can to safeguard workers, it would be advisable to have a financial buffer in place, just in case your company isn’t able to bring you back,Ellmore suggests.