Unemployment stats: furlough must be maintained until end of year

Responding to the latest unemployment figures, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for the Treasury Christine Jardine MP said: “This is still a sharp reminder that there is a lot of work to be done to repair the damage done by the pandemic.

Christine Jardine MP

“We must not be lulled into any false sense of security by the furlough scheme, which has protected millions of jobs but is due to end in September. It’s possible that then we will see the real impact of the pandemic on jobs.

“To support people we need to see the furlough scheme maintained at least until the end of the year, and a Revenue Compensation Scheme that will allow small businesses to retain and hire staff.

“Ministers must continue to be aware of the potential threat and treat it with the seriousness it deserves.”

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