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Can an "essential" service furlough

Is there anything to stop an essential service Furloughing their employees?

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Apologies if this has been asked before - I did do a search on "essential" and didn't see one

A few clients who are garages, and hence essential services, are wanting to shut down for various reasons, trade slowing, difficulty of staff protection and distancing etc.

Are they still entitled to do this and furlough their staff through the Job retention scheme? Or is there some issue because they are an essential service and the government would like them to carry on trading? - I can't see any issues on my reading but I wanted to make sure that I hven't missed anyhting obvious.

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RLI
By lionofludesch
27th Mar 2020 17:47

Yes, of course.

Being an essential service doesn't mean that the same level of trade will be maintained.

MOT tests have been deferred for six months. Bound to have an impact on garages.

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JCACE
By jcace
27th Mar 2020 17:49

Per the guidance:
"Any UK organisation with employees can apply, including:
businesses
charities
recruitment agencies (agency workers paid through PAYE)
public authorities

You must have created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 28 February 2020 and have a UK bank account.

The government expects that the scheme will not be used by many public sector organisations, as the majority of public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contribute to the response to the coronavirus outbreak."
So it depends on whether you are still doing the essential work or not.

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