Southbank Centre - Put Your Redundant Staff Back on Furlough!

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Following Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement on 5th November 2020 of the extension of the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme until March 2021, we call on Southbank Centre to put all staff made redundant this autumn back onto the payroll.

According to the guidance accompanying the announcement:

"Employees that were employed and on the payroll on 23 September 2020 (the day before the Job Support Scheme announcement) who were made redundant or stopped working afterwards can be re-employed and claimed for. The employer must have made an RTI submission to HMRC from 20 March 2020 to 23 September 2020, notifying a payment of earnings for those employees."

Over 200 staff, across all departments at Southbank Centre, were made redundant following the huge loss of income caused by the COVID19 lockdown. At the time of redundancies the Government stated that the Job Retention Scheme would in end in October 2020, hence why Southbank Centre went ahead with huge job cuts (more details about the redundancies in this Tribune article). 

We - current staff, recently redundant staff and concerned members of the public - call on Elaine Bedell (Southbank Centre CEO) to put all workers made redundant at Southbank Centre between 7th September and 31st October 2020 back onto the payroll until the furlough scheme ends in March 2021.