Gove: UK open minded to furlough extension

The UK government is เล่นเกมสล็อตฟรี "open-minded" to SNP calls to extend furlough, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove says.

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants the job support scheme extended "for as long as it is needed".

The call comes ahead of a virtual meeting between Boris Johnson and the three devolved administrations on how to emerge from the Covid pandemic.

The furlough scheme - officially called the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - was launched in March 2020, to minimise unemployment.

It now covers up to 80% of an employee's salary for the hours they cannot work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, and is due to expire at the end of September.

Gove tells BBC's Good Morning Scotland he is "open-minded" on the SNP's proposal.

He adds the furlough scheme is a "huge success" that is only possible "thanks to the broad shoulders of the UK Treasury".