The national furlough scheme came to an end on Thursday 30 September. While businesses and employees across the country have been preparing for this change, there’s plenty of support available here in Barnsley for anyone that might be anxious about what their employment future holds.
The council has previously committed over £75 million to providing over 5,500 businesses with financial support through rent relief, business grants and personalised support on a case by case basis to reduce business costs. We’ll continue to offer support to employees of businesses that have been affected by the changes to furlough.
Our helpdesk team provides free support, advice, information and guidance. Book an appointment with us to find out more about the range of opportunities for learning, work and personal development. Email EmploymentSupport@barnsley.gov.uk or call 01226 775100 (telephone lines are open from 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday).
You can also find out more about money advice and support due to COVID-19 on our website.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council's Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture), said: "Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve received over 740 enquiries into our helpdesk. We’ve been on hand to provide information, advice and guidance for residents and businesses.
“This has included helping people in their search for employment, supporting people to access training and development options, as well as general support to issues people and businesses have faced in response to the pandemic.
“We’re committed to offering training, development and opportunities to protect jobs and keep people in work. If you're anxious about the national changes to furlough, contact our teams for support."