Covid-19: Judges appeal over government furlough scheme

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Tribunal judges have appealed to the Department for Communities to furlough them as they have been unable to work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Fee-paid judicial office holders are judges who sit on tribunals such as PIP tribunals and benefits appeals.

These judges are employed on a case-by-case basis and are paid by the day.

The Department for Communities said it did not accept that fee-paid judicial officeholders have been unfairly treated.

Tribunals stopped being held in March when the lockdown began.

The judges assumed they could be furloughed and could be placed on the government’s job retention scheme but have been told that it was not possible.

Some of the judges say they are now facing financial hardship and have asked the Department for Communities to step in.

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