Martyn Dobinson, a partner at Saffery Champness and a member of the firm’s Landed Estates and Rural Business Group has welcomed the announcement today from Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, that the government’s Job Retention Scheme will continue to support furloughed employee wages at the current rate of 80% and up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
“This is the sensible way forward,” says Dobinson. “The cliff edge has been avoided for now, although we have been warned that to transition employees back to work, part-time working will be encouraged, and government contributions will reduce from August in favour of sharing the cost with employers, in maintaining the current levels of support.
“This latest announcement brings a little more continuity and breathing space. With the scheme now expected to run until at least the end of October, the government will have provided eight months of support through the furlough scheme.
“It is providing a lifeline right now to many rural businesses and their employees. Many rural businesses would be on their knees without it.”