I have written to the Chancellor today on urgent issues. Temporary and agency workers need certainty after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) announcement failed to address this group, whilst businesses need the flexibility to 'un-furlough' for essential work, so I took these demands up with Rishi Sunak MP. You can view the letter below. I have also attached a follow-up letter from the Chancellor which expands on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme announcement with extra information.
Whilst the Chancellor announced that all those on the PAYE roll are entitled to be furloughed with government support, we need clarity on who will be furloughing agency workers, whether temporary employees will be entitled to the scheme, and the wage structure for zero-hours workers on furlough. Without this clarity, many in Scunthorpe will face having no source of income and employers may be unable to afford to help. I expressed my desire for a resolution to this issue in the aforementioned letter.