Relief felt by employers and employee alike when the Chancellor announced the extension of the CJRS on 31st October may have been short lived for any who went on to read the Government guidance updated a day later. 

 The Chancellor's press release notes that all employees on PAYE as of 23:59 30th October 2020 are eligible under the extended scheme.  This has not been reflected in the Government guidance of 1st November 2020; this still states only employees furloughed prior to 30th June are eligible.   

It is our understanding that eligibility criteria in the press release is correct and so CJRS version 2.0 is available to a wider group than the original version.  We await clarification in the Government's guidance.  Whilst we are getting used to this white knuckle ride of inconsistencies and promised guidance, a respite would be welcome! Please do check on our regular ebriefs on our website for further guidance