You are not able to insist on being furloughed. It is a decision that has to be made by the employer, but they must have your agreement before placing you on furlough and you must be an eligible employee. In order to be eligible, your employment must meet the following eligibility criteria;

  • Your employer needs to have a UK payroll and a UK bank account to be able to claim, but you must have been:
  • Employed on 19 March 2020 and on your employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020 - this means your employer must have made a Real Time Information (RTI) submission notifying payment in respect of you to HMRC on or before 19 March 2020.
  • Submitted a claim for you in relation to a furlough period of at least 3 consecutive weeks taking place any time between 1 March 2020 and 30 June. Your employer will have until 31 July to make any claims for claim periods up to 30 June.
  • This means the last day you could have started furlough for the first time was 10 June.

In these circumstances you may be able to claim benefits, such as universal credit. Whether you can claim benefits depends upon your personal circumstances and your income and savings, so it is important that you get advice if this situation applies to you.