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Sunak to announce local furlough scheme today


Rishi Sunak will announce a local furlough scheme today in which the Government will subsidise two thirds of the wages of workers in pubs, restaurants and other businesses that are forced to close to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Times reports that, under the scheme, employers will be able to access the scheme for as long as pubs, restaurants and other businesses are closed. The Telegraph carries news that hospitality bosses are calling for the original furlough scheme to be extended to save the sector, arguing that the Chancellor’s replacement job support scheme is inadequate. The paper’s Ben Marlow says “publicans and restaurateurs are being hung out to dry on the basis of little, if any, scientific evidence,” adding: “The very least that the Government should be doing is providing targeted relief otherwise many pubs simply won't open again and that would be a huge loss to the fabric of this country.”

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