The government has been accused of providing conflicting advice over what activities directors can carry out while furloughed.

Yesterday, the Treasury published new instructions that has been described by the Institute of Directors (IoD) as more restrictive than HMRC’s coronavirus job retention scheme guidance available online.

The IoD said the new edict appeared to prevent a furloughed director – where no other director is available – from carrying out basic tasks such as paying suppliers and administering the furloughing of other employees.

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