Rishi Sunak to announce new local furlough scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will announce a new local furlough scheme TODAY which 'will pay two thirds of wages of people who cannot work because of lockdowns' Chancellor Rishi Sunak will make announcement on local furlough later today The Chancellor is expected to commit to paying two thirds of worker wages Subsidy will be available to workers who cannot work because of local lockdown 

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 08:59 BST, 9 October 2020 | Updated: 08:59 BST, 9 October 2020

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Rishi Sunak will today announce a new local furlough scheme which is expected to  pay two thirds of the wages of employees who are unable to work because of lockdowns. 

The Treasury has confirmed the Chancellor will be making an announcement later on how he intends to 'provide a safety net' for businesses which 'may have to close in the coming weeks'.

The promise of fresh support for jobs comes as the Government prepares to unveil its new three tier strategy for local lockdowns next week. 

Parts of the country which are put in the highest tier are due to be told that pubs, restaurants and cafes will have to close to slow the spread of coronavirus. 

The prospect of widespread closures across the hospitality industry in hotspot areas has prompted warnings of massive job losses and fuelled calls for the Chancellor to bring forward fresh support. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will today unveil a local furlough scheme to help businesses hit hard by local lockdowns

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will today unveil a local furlough scheme to help businesses hit hard by local lockdowns

The Government's original furlough scheme is due to end later this month and it will be replaced by a less generous Jobs Support Scheme. 

Furlough saw the Government pay 80 per cent of a worker's wages up to a monthly cap of £2,500. 

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