Closing UK furlough scheme this autumn is a mistake, says NIESR

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Thinktank says ending Covid-19 wage subsidy scheme from August could cost 1.2m jobs

The government closing its furlough scheme this autumn is a “mistake” that will drive up unemployment by 1.2 million by Christmas, one of the UK’s leading economics thinktanks has warned.

Sounding the alarm over the mounting risk to jobs, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said extending the wage subsidy scheme until the middle of next year would dramatically cut the number of redundancies across Britain and would probably pay for itself.

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