The UK government will continue to pay the wages of people who have been furloughed because of the COVID pandemic until the end of September as part of the Budget to be unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday (3 March).
Sunak said the scheme would help millions through “the challenging months ahead”.
The government is also expected to widen its support for businesses and self employed people, and announce funding programmes for museums, theatres and sports clubs that have been closed ever since the pandemic struck.
However, the Chancellor is set to warn that tax rises will be required to repair the damage done to the UK’s public finances by the pandemic. (Benjamin Fox| EURACTIV.com)