Chancellor in Scotland

Sunak resists calls to extend furlough to avoid jobs cull

Rishi Sunak

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Chancellor Rishi Sunak today resisted calls to extend the furlough scheme to prevent thousands of workers being dumped on the dole.

During a visit to Scotland he said the job retention scheme cannot “carry on indefinitely” and said it was “wrong to keep people trapped” in a situation where there was no realistic prospect of them having a job to go back to.

Mr Sunak met new Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross and local businessmen in Glasgow and issued a reminder that more than 65,000 businesses in Scotland have benefited from £2.3 billion of UK loan support. A third of employees in Scotland (29.8%) benefitted from the furlough scheme, he said.

However, the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) forecasts that this winter unemployment across the UK will rocket to levels last seen in the early 1980s, with nearly one in eight workers left jobless.

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