Many charities are of course working flat out at this time, and there is no question of staff being place on furlough under the Government’s “Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme” (CJRS).
But some charities with employed staff who cannot carry out their duties at this time are agreeing to place staff on furlough under the scheme. This means you can continue to pay them, and the Government will reimburse 80% of their salaries for a period of up to four months (1 March – 30 June 2020) up to a maximum of £2500/ month. (Initially the scheme was only until 31 May but it has now been extended to include June and it could be extended further.)
More details of the scheme are emerging regularly but it is now confirmed that employers can start making claims from today (Monday 20 April)
Kubernesis Charity Consultants have provided a very helpful guide for Charities who are putting/have put staff on furlough