Furlough extension welcomed by Meetings Industry Association

A call is made for even more government support for the industry, as UK lockdown is extended.

The UK government’s furlough scheme’s cut-off date has been extended to the end of June, in a move welcomed by the Meetings Industry Association (MIA). 

The decision was made after the government announced on Thursday 16 April that the UK would remain in lockdown for at least another three weeks.

Jane Longhurst, chief executive of the MIA, said: “As we continue to engage the industry and voice their needs, a recent survey issued to the industry found that 82% of organisations are reliant on the scheme to limit the substantial long term damage gathering restrictions have had on industry operations and the consequential generation of income.  

“Despite this welcomed extension, it remains crucial that the government provides further support to businesses and addresses the indirect barriers to continuity that are still enforced under the scheme.  

“The industry has voiced its need for more flexible furlough terms, including the allowance of employees to volunteer back to the business. It is crucial that we don’t now stand still but continue to engage the entire workforce to prepare for the busy event schedule that is forecast in Q4 and beyond to compensate for recent postponements."

The furlough scheme will be in place for a minimum of an extra month, seeing the Treasury paying 80% of the wages of workers up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

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