• Matthew Dooley

MP hits out at Government for furlough decision

A LABOUR MP has criticised the Government for ending the popular furlough scheme.

Former Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell (MP Hayes & Harlington, Lab), said that he had been the first to propose such a scheme — which he claimed was more comprehensive than the Government’s.

In addition, he said the recent cut to Universal Credit was “appalling”.

Mr McDonnell, the former Shadow Chancellor, writing in this month’s edition of The Hillingdon Herald, was particularly concerned about Heathrow Airport and its supply chain, which he claimed was “not back to normal”.

According to Hillingdon Council, Heathrow Airport is the largest employer in the borough.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: “I am immensely proud of the furlough scheme, and even more proud of UK workers and businesses whose resolve has seen us through an immensely difficult time. With the recovery well underway, and more than one million job vacancies, now is the right time for the scheme to draw to a close.

“But that in no way means the end of our support. Our Plan for Jobs is helping people into work and making sure they have the skills needed for the jobs of the future.”

The Chancellor, however, has told Sky News that he doesn’t rule out unemployment rising as a result of the scheme coming to an end.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, otherwise known as furlough, was ended by the government on September 30, 2021.

The scheme paid at least 80 per cent of an employee’s wages while any eligible business was shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now that the scheme has ended, employers must either put their employees back to work, renegotiate their contracts or terminate their employees, according to HM Treasury’s website.


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