Unemployment rise shows Sunak’s failure to protect jobs from pandemic

Responding to the unemployment figures released today, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said: “These figures are a condemnation of this Government’s failure to get a grip on the pandemic’s impact on jobs, leaving far too many families worried about how they are going to put food on the table this Christmas.

Christine Jardine MP

“The Chancellor’s constant chop-and-change approach to the furlough scheme and his inability to put together a comprehensive plan to save jobs is taking a huge toll.

“The Government must ensure furlough stays in place until at least June – and extend support to the three million people who still remain excluded from any support whatsoever. Just as crucially, Ministers must ensure there is an Adjustment Period for businesses before new trade rules begin, to avoid a second spike in redundancies.”

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