The Department of Health expects that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will not be used by individuals who employ people through funding provided to them as a Direct Payment. This is because the majority of public sector employees are continuing to provide essential public services or contribute to the response to the coronavirus outbreak. The government considers PAs to be an essential worker, and as such, furloughing of this cohort should be minimal.
Where employers receive public funding for staff costs, i.e. Direct Payments, and that funding is continuing, we therefore expect employers to use that money to continue to pay staff in the usual fashion – and correspondingly not furlough them. This also applies to non-public sector employers who receive public funding for staff costs. In a small number of cases, for example where it is not possible for your PA to deliver the care and support you require, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme may be appropriate. You will need to explain why this is the case when processing your claim for furlough.