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

Anneliese Dodds smiling for the camera: Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian

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Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian

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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