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Sunak’s jobs plan ‘harks back to worst of Thatcher’, says Dodds

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The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has treated people in low-paid work in the north and Midlands in a way reminiscent of Margaret Thatcher by failing to devise a replacement for the furlough scheme that will save their jobs, his Labour opposite number has said.

In an interview with the Observer, the shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, said the new job support scheme (JSS) announced by Sunak would fail to provide employers with sufficient incentives to keep workers on, and leave them facing invidious decisions over who to lay off.

The failure to act, and the absence of new measures on training and retraining the UK workforce, risked a period of high unemployment not seen since the 1980s.

Dodds said: “The new job support scheme should have incentivised employers to keep more staff on, instead of making it cheaper to pay one person

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the business owners left behind by Sunak’s winter plan

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Rishi Sunak’s winter economic plan has drawn cautious praise from business lobby groups but thousands of small businesses and freelancers say they will see no benefit from measures designed to avoid a tsunami of job losses.

The arts, hospitality and live events sectors have been particularly hard hit, because many are simply unable to trade under the conditions imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Others haven’t been eligible for support, or not enough to keep them going.

Businesses such as theatres, music venues and event caterers now fear they will be left behind, struggling to make ends meet, with the winter fast approaching.

The chancellor said his measures would protect “viable” jobs, but the centrepiece job support scheme is expected to put pressure on some businesses by requiring them to cover 55% of the wages of workers placed on the programme

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Rishi Sunak’s winter plan – here’s how it will affect you

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The chancellor unveiled a winter plan on Thursday which included schemes to protect what he referred to as “viable jobs” over the next six months. These include a job support scheme to replace furlough and an extension of help for some self-employed workers.

graphical user interface, website: For every hour you would usually be employed but are off, the UK government will pay a third of your pay, which your employer will match.

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For every hour you would usually be employed but are off, the UK government will pay a third of your pay, which your employer will match.

What is the job support scheme?

From 1 November, the furlough scheme will end and the job support scheme will come into effect. From that date if your employer only wants you in part-time you can get paid for some of the time you would normally be working but aren’t currently needed.

Related: What is Rishi Sunak’s job support scheme and how will it work?

For every

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U.K. Covid-Relief: UK Plc. Relieved by Rishi Sunak’s plan, but Want More Action

Rishi Sunak on his way to present his ‘Winter Economy Plan’ at Parliament in London on Sept. 24.

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A U.K. government pledge to top up wages for targeted industries suffering from Covid-19 brought a measure of relief to businesses, even as some of the hardest-hit sectors, from pubs to airlines, said more is needed.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plan will subsidize the wages of people working part time, extend loans for companies hit by the virus and keep the value-added tax at 5% to bolster the beleaguered hospitality and tourism industries.

The steps are a vital boost to industry, said Adam Marshall, head of the British Chambers of Commerce. Yet Nick Mackenzie, chief executive officer of pub chain Greene King, said they don’t go far enough, especially for businesses hurt by the government’s latest measures to rein in the pandemic.

“The industry is still dealing

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