The Chancellor has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will continue until the end of October to give businesses more breathing space.
But he also announced major changes to the scheme, which could add to its complexity for those managing payroll.
Until the end of July, the Government will continue to pay furloughed workers 80% of their current salary, up to a maximum of £2,500.
However, the level of Government support will be reduced from August until the end of October. Employers will be asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff for the first time.
Another major change is that from the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time.