Coronavirus: Bosses will have to pay fifth of furlough staff wages

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

Today Mr Sunak will say that employers will have to contribute from August as the lockdown is eased under plans to restart the economy.

He will allow employers to take furloughed staff back on a part-time basis for as many hours a week as they need.

The announcement follows warnings from him that the scheme was unsustainable. A total of 8.4 million people are furloughed at an estimated cost of £10 billion a month. The scheme has already been extended until October and the Office for Budget Responsibility says

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