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7 in 10 requests for furlough turned down for working mums

14/1/2021

Nearly three-quarters of working mums who have applied for furlough following the latest school closures have had their requests turned down, according to a new TUC survey carried out in the past week and published today.

The job retention scheme currently allows bosses to furlough parents who can't work due to a lack of childcare.

But the TUC says many mums are missing out on this financial lifeline as the scheme is not promoted to parents.

The union body, which URTU is an affiliated member, is also concerned some employers are refusing to furlough those who request it, leaving mums in an impossible situation where they are forced to reduce their hours at work, take unpaid leave and annual leave to cope, or leave their job altogether.

A summary of the poll findings can be found at: https://www.tuc.org.uk/workingparents

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