Source: Labour List UK
Rishi Sunak committed to extending the furlough scheme earlier today, with people set to receive 80% of their wage covered by the government, for workers in businesses forced to close due to Covid restrictions until March next year.
Reacting to the statement delivered by the Chancellor on the economic support package this afternoon, Labour’s Anneliese Dodds told MPs that “the Chancellor can change his mind at the last minute, but businesses can’t”.
The Shadow Chancellor criticised him for the “last-minute” U-turn and highlighted that this was the fourth change to his ‘winter economy plan’ in six weeks unveiled earlier in the year. Here’s how trade unions reacted to the extension…
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said that agreeing to extend the scheme at its 80% rate until spring was a “positive step” but argued that “there are still gaps in the government’s support package”.
Commenting on the effect on low-pay wage workers, she added: “It’s not right to ask millions of low-paid workers on furlough to survive on less than the minimum wage. The Chancellor must fix the scheme so their pay is topped up to 100%.”