Retail NI Reaction to Furlough Scheme Next Steps

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Reacting to the Chancellor’s announcement on the next steps for the Furlough Scheme,Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:
“It is clear that the furlough scheme is being gradually phased out with more costs for employers from August. Whilst this is not unexpected, it does significantly raise challenges for retailers in Northern Ireland who still do not have a date to reopen”
“The NI Executive’s recovery plan (published today) does not provide significant sections of our retail sector with reopening dates. Many of these businesses currently have no income and will be concerned that by August they may be liable for ER NIC and pension contributions”
“Retail NI wants to see a reopening timetable in June, based upon medical evidence for the retail sector as a whole to avoid this problem”   Glyn Roberts 07515710517

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