Retail, wholesale, accommodation and food services businesses have been the biggest users of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, together putting around three million people on furlough and claiming roughly £5.8bn in wage subsidies, HM Revenue & Customs has revealed.
Parents who are on statutory maternity and paternity leave and due to return to work in the next few months will still be eligible for the furlough scheme after it otherwise closes to new entrants today.
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