Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, responding to the Chancellor’s announcement on the extension of the furlough scheme, said:
“The furlough scheme is a lifeline for millions. The Government was right not to pull it away.
“It is welcome that the Chancellor has heeded the call by Labour, trade unions, and businesses for more flexibility in the scheme, to support employees to go back to work part-time.
“The government must clarify today when employers will be required to start making contributions, and how much they’ll be asked to pay. If every business is suddenly required to make a substantial contribution from the 1st August onwards, there is a very real risk that we will see mass redundancies.”