Martin Lewis explains ‘furlough’ and how much money you can get if eligible

Martin Lewis has explained what furlough is after Brits were told they could be entitled to 80% of their usual wage during the coronavirus pandemic.

The moneysavingexpert.com founder was doing his usual appearance on ITV's This Morning from his home in north-west London and explained furlough leave.

Brought in as an emergency measure, it means that people with jobs but who cannot work due to self-isolation, childcare issues, or because a business has been temporarily closed due to Covid-19, can be given up to 80% of their usual wage via a government grant.

In the clip, worried viewer Diane phones and asks, as a carer in a residential home who is not entitled to sick pay, what she can do.

Diane says when she asked her manager about the furlough scheme he told her it was "only for people who have been redundant or whose businesses have closed down".

Looking serious, Martin says: "Now this is one of those moments that people need to record because I'm going to say something important.

"It is absolutely up to the employer's discretion whether they can furlough staff.

"The guidance is not in place yet but the very strong signals I am getting from the top say that employer's have the discretion to do that.

"That means that is someone is self-isolating for the next three months, they can ask you, and the employer has the discretion to put them on furlough.

"The same is true of someone's whose job is available but they can't work they are at home to look after children."

Martin previously advised on other ways to save money during the coronavirus crisis – including refunds on Sky Sports and protection if you have a mortgage or are renting.

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