The Chancellor is set to outline the changes to the government's furlough scheme - a few weeks after extending it until October.

Employers are expected to be told they will need to contribute to their furloughed staffs' salaries from August after the government admitted the scheme cannot run "indefinitely".

Rishi Sunak will announce the changes during the government's daily press conference later today (Friday).

The coronavirus job retention scheme has so far covered the wages of 8.4 million staff unable to work during lockdown at a cost of around £15 billion.

It has already been said that they will extend the scheme covering 80% of workers' salaries up to £2,500 per month until the end of October, but with employers expected to make a contribution.

It was reported earlier this month that businesses will have to pay between 20 and 30 per cent of furloughed workers' wages.

A report by The Times said that plans would also see firms paying National Insurance contributions, approximately 5pc of a person's paycheck.

Mr Sunak is also facing calls, including from a cross-party group of 113 MPs, to extend the scheme supporting self-employed workers past Sunday or risk leaving many "without work and without support".

The Chancellor has already warned that the UK is 'likely to face a severe recession, the likes of which we haven’t seen'.

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