Furlough fatigue? Martin Lewis answers your questions
What is furlough, how much is it and when will payments be made?
If you’re suffering from furlough fatigue, Martin Lewis is here to take calls and offer advice. Plus, after Martin lobbied the government to change its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance, he explains what it means for you.
FURLOUGH UPDATE: MARTIN PERSUADES GOVERNMENT TO ALLOW FIRMS TO REHIRE AND FURLOUGH STAFF WHO LEFT FOR OTHER JOBS
Last week, the government agreed to change its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance after a campaign by Martin.
It's now clarified that employees who left after 28 February, having resigned for a new role that fell through due to coronavirus, can be rehired and furloughed.
This includes both those who didn't start the new job, and those who did but now face redundancy because, as new starters after 28 February, they can't be furloughed.
Martin says, "I'm grateful to the Treasury and HMRC for the official statement and agreeing this amendment to the guidance. The hope is this will allow us to restart the economy quickly when we come out of lockdown.”
QUESTION: CAN I GET FURLOUGH FROM MY OLD JOB?
Martin says: When the guidance originally came out, we were told that employers could rehire those they'd made redundant, who were on the payroll on 28 February.
But there was nothing about those who had left voluntarily. So I've been pushing for clarification, got it - but they didn't change the guidance, so employers wouldn't listen.
I got them to agree to change the guidance last week, that happened on Sunday. If you look on the government's website now, look at the guidance for employers and employees, it says they can rehire people who left and went elsewhere.
Were you on the payroll on the 28 February - if you were, you can be rehired by your old firm, providing the reason you haven't got a job now is due to coronavirus.
It is one tiny chink in the armour that might help a little.