Source: Labour List UK
New analysis by the Labour Party has found that almost three million jobs are at risk as the deadline approaches for small-and-medium-sized businesses to issue redundancy notices before the job retention scheme ends.
Commenting ahead of the deadline on Thursday, Labour’s Anneliese Dodds has accused Rishi Sunak of letting down businesses with his ‘winter economy plan’ and accused the Chancellor of adopting a “sink or swim mentality”.
Her remarks come as research by Labour shows that 2.8 million SME employees were furloughed at the start of September, with the party highlighting that since then new restrictions have been introduced affecting 133,055 of these businesses.
Criticising the new ‘job support scheme’, the Shadow Chancellor said: “Last week the Chancellor should have listened to Labour and introduced a jobs recovery scheme that incentivised employers to keep more staff on.
“Instead, millions of jobs are at risk because he’s forcing small businesses to choose which staff to keep and which to fire. These are viable businesses that just need support to cope with the restrictions the government has imposed on them.”