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Published on October 9th, 2020 | by The GC Team

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Chancellor announces “expansion” of Jobs Support Scheme

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced today (9th October) that, as an addition to his “Winter Economy Plan,” he is expanding the Job Support Scheme, which was due to wind down on 31st October. The announcement comes as local restrictions across the country have imposed fresh burdens on businesses such as pubs, clubs and restaurants, and there is an expectation that these restrictions may become harsher and more generalised going into the dangerous Winter period and infections continue to rise.

“I’m announcing today,” he said, “that I’m expanding the Jobs Support Scheme. Where the coronavirus restrictions legally require business premises to close, in any region or nation of the UK, we will help pay employees’ wages.”

The Government, he said, will pay two thirds of the wages of workers unable to work for a period of one week or more because their employer’s business has been legally required to close, up to a maximum of £2,100 per month.

The Chancellor expressed a wish that this would provide “reassurance and a safety net” for what he acknowledged is going to be “a difficult Winter.”

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