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UK coronavirus live: Rishi Sunak extends furlough until end of March

Latest updates: scheme will be reviewed in January to see if employers should contribute more; employers can rehire staff they made redundant

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As the BBC’s Nick Eardley points out, the Treasury briefing (pdf) says that workers who were made redundant in advance of the planned end of the furlough scheme on 31 October can be rehired under the furlough extension.

Important detail from Treasury pic.twitter.com/GPJJ7kpRYB

From the FT’s George Parker

Big moment: the Rishi Sunak signature has disappeared from Treasury graphics, along with the word “chancellor”. He now appears to be a tree https://t.co/k3XPqf0hVf

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