Guidance on Furloughing Staff

Furloughing staff – What it means for you and your grant managed by Impact Funding Partners 

Dear Colleagues

Whilst the team here at Impact Funding Partners are working hard to support organisations at this time in a number of ways, it is important that we highlight the guidance surrounding the furlough scheme and what it means for your organisation when you’re in receipt of public sector funding.  For further information please refer to the following:   

  • Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) have provided useful guidance on the furlough scheme which directly links to charities and third sector organisations. This can be found here.
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) have released guidance in a Q&A format.This can be accessed here.
  • There is also further guidance from the Scottish Government available here.

The furloughing scheme has not been designed in a way for organisations to ‘save funding’ and cannot be used in this way.  

Guidance on the furlough scheme states that: “[w]here employers receive public funding for staff costs, and that funding is continuing, we expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion – and correspondingly not furlough them”. 

Impact Funding Partners Guidance: 

  • Organisations should not furlough staff that are specifically associated with a current grant
  • The person ultimately responsible for your organisation’s finances should be confident that claiming for furlough through HMRC cannot be considered to be double claiming for costs paid for from other public sector funds.