We have produced some brief guidance for housing associations confirming that they are eligible to use the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Housing association staff are providing vital support and services to tenants and residents throughout the coronavirus crisis, and in many cases redeploying staff to further assist with the response.
However, there will be some circumstances where housing associations may seek to furlough certain staff, in the interests of protecting jobs and securing the long-term provision of high quality services to tenants and residents.
Housing associations are eligible to use the government’s scheme to claim 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wage costs, in line with the scheme’s guidance.
We have shared this with the government and are confident our interpretation is correct.
Community Housing Cymru hosted a webinar about legal considerations around furloughing which they have kindly made available to NHF members – this covers a lot of questions which housing associations will find useful.