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Chamber reaction to Chancellor's Job Retention Scheme Statement

 

Jonathan Walker, assistant director, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: “We welcome the extension to the Job Retention Scheme announced today. Furloughing has undoubtedly saved jobs and prevented large scale redundancies in our region.

We are pleased that the Chancellor has recognised the need to maintain this lifeline to businesses, to introduce flexibility as people return to work and to avoid a ‘cliff edge’ end to the scheme.

“As we look cautiously to the lifting of the lockdown, it essential that the Government continues to listen to businesses and provides further support for those not eligible for the current scheme, such as the self-employed"