British Cycling furlough a third of staff amid £4m coronavirus losses

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British Cycling will place a third of its workforce on temporary unemployment, as the national federation braces itself for losses of £4m due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

CEO Julie Harrington announced the decision on Wednesday to furlough 90 members of staff through the UK’s new Job Retention Scheme, which sees the state cover 80 per cent of an employee’s wages. The scheme is designed to avoid redundancies and protect businesses by allowing them to remove employees from the payroll while there’s no work for them to do.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.