Workers at businesses forced to shut due to stricter lockdown measures will have two-thirds of their salaries paid by the government.Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled the expansion of the Job Support Scheme, which is a successor to the furlough scheme, saying: “It will provide a safety net for businesses across the UK who are required to temporarily close their doors, giving them the right support at the right time.”Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around world Analysis: Expansion of Job Support Scheme is pre-empting winter of local lockdowns The government will pay employees who cannot work 67% of their salaries, up to £2,100 a month.The scheme will come into force on 1 November and run for six months before being reviewed. Employees must be off work for a minimum of seven days to be eligible. Advertisement The chancellor added: “Throughout the crisis the driving force of our economic policy has not changed.”I have always said that we will do whatever is necessary to protect jobs and livelihoods as the situation evolves.” More from Covid-19 Coronavirus: Oxford, Luton and parts of Yorkshire and Midlands to go into Tier 2 Coronavirus: Another 23,065 COVID-19 cases and 280 deaths recorded in last 24… Read full this story
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