I've just read that it will not be possible to increase the overall number of staff included on a furlough scheme claim after July 1st. Is this definitely the case?
We have a situation where 3 people (out of 6) are currently on furlough. Ideally the directors would like to put all staff on part-time hours after July as they have very different skills and roles. So there would be 6 staff working, say 75%, instead of 3 staff full-time and 3 on full furlough. The value of the claim would decrease as more staff would be working more hours.
But if it is not possible to increase numbers from 3 fully furloughed to 6 part-time furloughed after July then it would make more sense to furlough all 6 at once by 10th June and then bring them back part-time after 1st July. The directors are not furloughed so would cover everything for 3 weeks. The business is in the hospitality supply chain so demand and workload is likely to be remain depressed for some months, and it will be very important to have support and flexibility for staffing.
Have I got this right?