Furlough extension protects households from financial cliff edge, but shielded group will need right to access the scheme, says Citizens Advice

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Citizens Advice has responded to the Chancellor’s announcement on the extension of the Job Retention Scheme.

Dame Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of Citizens Advice, said:

“Extending the furlough scheme and allowing employers to bring back their workers part-time are sensible steps to protect household finances. The Job Retention Scheme was an unprecedented intervention which has protected jobs and put money in people’s pockets. We have made clear that changes to the scheme would be needed to make sure people don’t face a financial cliff edge.

“Sadly, we continue to see cases where people in the shielded group are being denied furlough. People in this group need a right to access this scheme if they cannot work safely. Nobody should be forced to choose between paying the bills or protecting their health.”

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