Question to the HM Treasury:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions his Department has had with (a) businesses and (b) trade unions on (i) the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and (ii) reports of businesses re-hiring former employees and then placing those employees on furlough; and if he will make a statement.
The Treasury has discussions with a range of stakeholders, including business groups, trade union representatives, and more widely.
The Government values the diversity of views that these groups provide in the policy development process, including that of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Rehired employees may be furloughed in certain circumstances. More information, including eligibility criteria, is available in the GOV.UK guidance.