Source: Labour List UK
Anneliese Dodds has criticised Rishi Sunak for a “last-minute” U-turn as he announced that the furlough scheme would be extended at a rate of 80% income support beyond the end of the lockdown for businesses forced to close due to Covid.
Reacting to a statement from Sunak this afternoon in parliament on support for businesses impacted by restrictions, the Shadow Chancellor told MPs that “the Chancellor can change his mind at the last minute, but businesses can’t”.
She reminded MPs in the Commons today that this is the fourth change that the Chancellor had been forced to make to his ‘winter economy plan’ over the past six weeks.
Dodds said: “Businesses and workers have been pleading for certainty from this government but the Chancellor keeps ignoring them until the last possible moment after jobs have been lost and businesses have gone bust…
“The Prime Minister said furlough would be extended for a month, five hours before that scheme was due to end. Two days later, realising the self-employed had been forgotten, there was a last-minute change to the self-employed scheme.