""Our message today is simple: we stood behind Britain's workers and businesses as we came into this crisis, and we will stand behind them as we come through the other side."
There has been growing concern about the cost of the scheme, and last week Mr Sunak said it could not continue in its current form.
However, he was under pressure to announce changes soon to avoid a so-called "cliff edge" in which employers begin mass redundancies...
""Nobody who is on the furlough scheme wants to be on this scheme," the chancellor said. "People up and down this country believe in the dignity of their work, going to work, providing for their families, it's not their fault their business has been asked to close or asked to stay at home.""
If only that were true...
"Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grants are not classed as state aid.... Employers are free to consider allocating any critical business tasks to staff that are not furloughed."
Ergo ... it is not up to the employee to excuse themselves.
"If you have staff costs that are publicly funded (even if you’re not in the public sector), you should use that money to continue paying your staff, and not furlough your staff.Organisations can use the scheme if they are not fully funded by public grants and they should contact their sponsor department or respective administration for further guidance."
Ah, So ...
"“A society in which the government can confine most of the population without controversy is not one in which civilised people would want to live""
Know, Your Boss.