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Sunak’s measures needed to protect workers and support the recovery. They don’t

The government’s post-furlough plans could still leave a million people long-term unemployed

By Tony Wilson  

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The chancellor had a difficult balance to strike yesterday. If the intention of the Job Retention Scheme in March was to protect workers, and July’s “Plan for Jobs” was designed to secure the recovery, yesterday Rishi Sunak needed to do a bit of both: to give real help to those firms at breaking point after the tightening of restrictions, while giving confidence to others to keep hiring and creating new jobs in the future. In the end though, the intervention was inadequate on both…

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