UK furlough scheme ends amid calls for further support
BBC says the UK’s furlough scheme closes on Thursday, but some badly-hit sectors are saying support should continue.
Furlough was introduced in March 2020 and helped pay the wages of 11.6 million workers after Covid-19 forced large parts of the economy to close.
At the end of July it was still supporting the incomes of around 1.6m workers, the latest HMRC figures show.
The chancellor said he was “immensely proud” of the near £70bn scheme, but now was the right time to close it.
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