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The immediate public health crisis is nearing its end. The unemployment crisis is just beginning

As the job retention scheme winds down, new measures to support vulnerable workers are essential

By Tony Wilson  

Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Photo: Andrew Parsons/DPA/PA Images

Ending the Job Retention Scheme was always going to be harder than setting it up. The chancellor won universal praise back in March for throwing a life raft to more than eight million workers so that they could ride out the lockdown. But as I’ve written before with Jonathan Portes, winding down the scheme is fraught with challenges, and will need to happen alongside a ramping up of employment and skills support for the unemployed.

It’s clear from the weekend press that government ministers understand this too, briefing that work is underway on a stimulus package for infrastructure…

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