Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the government’s furlough scheme will be extended until March.

That means those who can’t work as normal due to the coronavirus pandemic can still get paid 80% of their salary.

The scheme was originally due to end on October 31, but when the nationwide lockdown was announced, it was extended.

Now the scheme has been extended even further, to March 2021, which will be welcome news for those who can’t work.

But many employees have already been made redundant over the last few months as their employer prepared for the furlough scheme to end.

Luckily, Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis has shared a glimmer of hope about the furlough scheme that will help people who have lost their jobs.

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Martin Lewis took to Twitter to explain

He took to Twitter to confirm: “If you’ve been made redundant, you can be rehired and furloughed by your employer if you were employed as of 23 Sept, and on the payroll on or before 30 Oct.”

Martin also added: “It won’t work for many, but may be worth asking for some”.

The Money Saving Expert also asked his followers to share the news.

In a recent blog post, the Money Saving Expert website explained how the rehiring was at the employer’s discretion.

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Martin Lewis said it wouldn't work for everyone – but that it's worth a try

That means they don’t have to rehire you, and then furlough you, but it’s worth asking in case your employer is willing to do it.

You can be furloughed as long as you were on the payroll by October 31 – even if you’ve been furloughed before.

On the government website, it reiterates this fact: “Employees employed as of 23 September (day of Job Support Scheme Announcement) and notified to HMRC by RTI on or before that date, who have since been made redundant can be rehired and placed on the Scheme.”

Martin Lewis says you can be rehired, then furloughed, if you've lost your job

Martin also clarified that the furlough scheme is UK-wide – and not just applicable to England.

However, he emphasised that the rules differ within each administration.

The furlough scheme will continue to cover 80% of employees’ wages, up to £2,500 a month.