The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has welcomed the government’s decision on continuing its UK furlough scheme until October 2020. BGC commented that this move will help to protect and support around 64,000 workers in the gambling industry.
Chancellor Rushi Sunak announced the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme in March, promising that the government will cover 80% of wages up to £2,500 for staff who have been made temporarily redundant. This commitment will continue till the end of July, but from August to October, employers will be required to contribute to the 80%, with furloughed staff encouraged to return to work on a part-time basis.
Considering how all betting shops, bingo halls in the UK have been closed since the 20th March, BGC welcomed further direct employee support, especially as many gambling establishments will continue to operate at reduced capacities. Michael Dugher, BGC’s Chief Executive added how extending the furlough scheme and introducing a flexible furlough will provide a more stable transition during the lockdown.
“We strongly welcomed the introduction of the furlough scheme as a lifeline for our members and the tens of thousands they employ, and we are delighted that the Chancellor has announced it will continue until the end of October,” Dugher commented.