Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to OBR figures, said:
“Behind these very concerning figures lie many businesses which have gone bust and many people who have lost their jobs.
“Labour has been working constructively with Government on its economic support package. It is clear that additional action needs to be taken to increase the take-up of the different measures. We have called for urgent action in relation to the loans scheme in particular, as take-up is worryingly low.
“It is absolutely critical that government now does all it can to minimise the depth and length of the economic impact from necessary anti-Coronavirus measures.”