The unintended consequences of the furlough scheme


The job retention scheme has encouraged developers to stop projects that could have kept going

The government’s coronavirus job retention scheme is a unique and incredibly important civil intervention. However with hastily introduced policy there is a danger of unintended consequences.

Companies across the UK have taken advantage of the government’s safety net, including housing developers and housing associations, by placing on furlough huge swathes of their office-based employees.

But many of the projects being worked on by these members of staff did not necessarily need to stop overnight.

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