LONDON – New job subsidy scheme to be unveiled

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil on Thursday (24 September) a new package of support measures for businesses and employees hit by COVID-19.

The government’s furlough scheme, under which the state has paid employee wages since March, comes to an end in October.

Ministers, however, have been urged to offer continued financial support after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced new restrictions on social gatherings, the imposition of a 10pm curfew at pubs and restaurants as the UK faces a second wave of the pandemic. The PM, this time, had urged people in the UK to work from home.

Sunak has reportedly been considering a scheme modelled on Germany’s Kurzarbeit which sees the government top-up lost wages.

(Benjamin Fox |

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