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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Question for Treasury

UIN 48595, tabled on 18 May 2020

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of employers forcing furloughed workers to continue to carry out work on the wellbeing of those workers.

Answered on

22 May 2020

The purpose of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is to support people who would otherwise have been made redundant. To prevent fraudulent claims, the Government made it clear that individuals cannot work or volunteer for their organisation.

This aims to protect individuals too; if workers were allowed to work or volunteer for their employer, the employer could ask them to work in an effectively full time way while only paying them 80% of the wages.

If workers are being asked to work while on furlough, they should report their employer to HMRC via the online fraud reporting tool here: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs/contact/customs-excise-and-vat-fraud-reporting.

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