Furlough scheme to end on October 31

The Government’s furlough scheme will end on October 31. The package was initially implemented to support livelihoods and protect jobs as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. In June 29.5% of the country’s workers were benefiting from the scheme, and in may the number of jobs furloughed peaked at 8.9 million. Now, trade unions are warning of a devastating impact the ending of the furlough scheme will have, resulting in mass job losses, especially for those on lower incomes and the self-employed.