Coronavirus Northern Ireland: Council workers “can apply for furlough scheme”

Posted by
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has welcomed the confirmation provided to the Executive that council workers can apply for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Embed from Getty Images


The Minister told Newry Times, “Officials in my Department have been working with Councils, to understand the extent to which councils can manage the COVID-19 situation by making use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).



“As a result of this work and discussions with the Department of Finance, I can confirm that Councils are eligible to apply to furlough staff through the CJRS. 

“My priority has been to ensure that the rights of workers are respected and to protect jobs.   



“This is a very difficult time for everybody. 

“Our eleven councils provide very important functions and services, continuing to do so during this emergency.

“Looking ahead, councils need to be ready to play their part in economic recovery.   



“I am pleased to be able to provide clarity about this issue and most importantly to ensure that council workers jobs are protected.”


Keep up to date with all the latest Northern Ireland Coronavirus / Covid-19 news HERE


Both comments and pings are currently closed.

Comments are closed


This website does not share personal information with third parties nor do we store any information about your visit other than to analyze and optimize your content and reading experience through the use of cookies. You can turn off the use of cookies at anytime by changing your specific browser settings.

We are not responsible for republished content from this blog on other blogs or websites without our permission. This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on 16/01/2017. If you have any questions feel free to contact Newry Times by emailing

Log in