Local Assembly Member welcomes extension of the furlough qualification period.

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire Assembly Member Angela Burns has welcomed the announcement by the Paymaster General that the qualification for employees to receive furloughed pay has been extended by three weeks to incorporate staff that were on companies payrolls up to Thursday 19th March.

The Furlough scheme enables employers to seek Government assistance to pay 80% of staff wages up to a maximum of £2500 per month. The original announcement was made a few days before the social isolation lockdown was announced but a gap was left between 28th February and 19th March which meant a number of people who had changed employers during this time were not able to qualify for the scheme.

Commenting Angela Burns said

“I am pleased that the UK Government have made these changes to ensure that as many employees as possible will qualify for the financial assistance.

“Across Wales businesses are experiencing financial hardship and uncertainty and in areas such as Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire which are so reliant on the seasonal tourist industry it is vital that as much support is available as possible.

“The extension of this scheme will come as a great relief for those constituents who started new jobs in the period of time that the original furlough scheme missed and along with the other measures that the UK and Welsh Government have announced should help to offer reassurance that their incomes will be protected over the next three months.”