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The end of furlough.

How are you and your clients feeling about the end of furlough?

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Furlough is officially over!

Are you glad to see the back of it? What do you think the economic impact of life without furlough will be?

Do you think your clients will struggle without the support?

And with all the free space available that was previously filled by furlough work, will there be any time management effects on your practice?

Feel free to share your thoughts below.

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By Matrix
30th Sep 2021 12:54

I am really glad we started charging despite differing views on here. It went on for far too long, too many screens in the claim process and silly flexi furlough calculations.

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By Leywood
30th Sep 2021 13:10

Wish sift would look before they post. This happens more often than not on current affairs. Mind you, half the people posting questions dont look first so perhaps its just (annoying) human nature these days.

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By claudialowe
30th Sep 2021 14:26

Just submitted my last one, and a quick tot up was in excess of £187,000 over 10 payrolls encompassing 36 employees, the majority of whom would have been been made redundant. Instead they are all still employed in viable businesses.

Unlike others, I have charged for it. At the very beginning, I said to every client that I would have to charge, but I didn't know how much, but would not submit an invoice until they were back at work. Ended up charging 50% of the payroll cost (even though it took me twice as long as running the payroll!). All clients seemed very grateful and no-one quibbled over my charges. I have hated every minute of it, and will have a celebratory drink tonight :-)

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By Hugo Fair
30th Sep 2021 15:47

"Ended up charging 50% of the payroll cost" ... I trust that 'an additional' should be inserted before the 50%?

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By snickersinatwix
30th Sep 2021 16:36

HOORAY!!!!!

Only a couple of clients still really need this. the rest of my furloughed clients seem to be family members and it does not sit well with me now

Obviously it was a good thing in lockdown but it has been the stuff of nightmares for us.

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By Southwestbeancounter
30th Sep 2021 16:40

And with all the free space available that was previously filled by furlough work, will there be any time management effects on your practice?

Not sure we will have 'free space' as you put it - we just won't be quite as exhausted!

If we have free space now furlough has ended, then it is the same free space that was there pre pandemic I guess?

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By Hugo Fair
30th Sep 2021 16:54

A bit like the man who reportedly would approach holidaymakers wearing sandals and hit them (not too hard but repeatedly) on their big toe with a hammer.
When they complained he would cease and ask them if the pain had stopped ... and, in response to any variant of Yes, would try to charge them "for curing the problem"!

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By the_drookit_dug
30th Sep 2021 18:24

Thanks heavens it's over. I work in a company badly affected by Covid-19 - which has continued to suffer reduced demand throughout 2021 - but it's adapted and 2022 is likely to be back to pre-pandemic levels and then some.

Sure, profits are way down as a direct result of the pandemic, but the business would undoubtedly have survived the summer without furlough grants. We're entering a post-pandemic world, which businesses need to adjust to.

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By Open all hours
02nd Oct 2021 04:00

‘You look tired, you know, Morse. I think you should put in for a fortnight’s furlough now this is over’.

Penultimate chapter of ‘Last Bus to Woodstock’. The first Inspector Morse novel by Colin Dexter, 1975.

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