If your company says you can’t be furloughed because your contract didn’t end because of Covid-19…

Then please do point them to the following:

1. PACT’s guidance:

2. HMRC Customer Service:

3. Email from the Director of HMRC’s COVID-19 policy coordination team (NB THIS IS NEW, sent Friday):


The email above comes from the highest official source there is, short of Rishi Sunak himself (and he’s already said you can be furloughed if your contract ended “for any reason”).

It is in writing, clear and unequivocal. If there is any lack of clarity in the guidelines at all, this statement should clear that up so do ask your company to think again if you have been rejected on that basis.

In sum then: if your contract ended for natural reasons, unrelated to Covid-19, you absolutely can be recontracted and furloughed.

Officially confirmed.

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