Live as Rishi Sunak announces new furlough rules and support packages

Live as Rishi Sunak announces new furlough rules and support packages

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is announcing new measures as England goes into a second lockdown for four weeks.

The Chancellor is confirming employees on furlough will receive 80% of their salaries if their employers have been made to shut down.

And the furlough scheme will be expanded after the scheduled end of the lockdown on December 2.

Mr Sunak is ready to guarantee furlough funding for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland if devolved administrations bring in their own lockdowns.

When Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday a second lockdown for England, it was confirmed the job retention furlough scheme would be extended for an extra month.

Since then, the Scottish Government has been pressing UK ministers for more clarity on the issue.

The second lockdown in England will involve bars, pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops being forced to close and people told to stay at home for the next four weeks in a bid to reverse the spread of Covid-19.

In Wales, people will be able to go to pubs and restaurants, and schools are set to reopen when the nation’s two-and-a-half week “firebreak” is due to come to a close next week.

In Scotland, a regional tiered approach to restrictions is in force.

In Northern Ireland, pubs and restaurants are still shut after being closed for four weeks starting on October 16.

Updates will appear here as they are announced