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CAS welcomes furlough scheme extension

Citizens Advice Scotland has welcomed the Chancellor’s decision to extend the furlough scheme to October. 

Responding to the announcement, CAS Social Justice spokesperson Mhoraig Green said:

“The Job Retention Scheme is a vital measure to protect jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We welcome the news that the scheme is to be extended until October and the 80 per cent value will be protected.

“This is an important step in protecting incomes during these unprecedented times, as our evidence base suggests that people are facing serious issues with the cost of living.

“We need to see further details of how employers will be expected to contribute to the scheme without risking significant redundancies in sectors unable to open up safely before October. 

“Leaving lockdown was always going to be serious challenge and Government has an important role to play in protecting the incomes of people affected by the crisis.”