ONS finds 2m people still on furlough days before scheme ends

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Findings come as chancellor is told new support measures not enough to protect jobs or firms

Almost one in 13 UK workers, about 2 million people, are still on furlough just days before the government job retention scheme comes to an end, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The regular ONS update on the economy during the coronavirus pandemic found 7.5% of the UK workforce was still relying on wage support from the government between 5 and 18 October.

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