Source: Labour List UK
Labour’s Anneliese Dodds has accused her opposite in government Rishi Sunak of “causing chaos” during the pandemic with a “furlough flip flop” as the Chancellor prepares to announce new measures.
The government has put local areas particularly in the North of England under coronavirus restrictions, and is expected to unveil yet more rules for Covid-19 hotspots, but avoided offering targeted support until now.
Just three weeks after he announced a winter economic plan including a new job support scheme to replace furlough, the Chancellor is set to reveal a package of support measures for those affected by local lockdowns.
While the details are not yet known, the policy is expected to be that the government will fund up to 80% of staff wages where businesses have been temporarily ordered to shut down due to coronavirus.
Dodds commented: “Once again it seems like the Chancellor has waited to the last possible minute to start listening to Labour and bring in targeted support for those parts of the country under local restrictions.