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Preston MP slams government for leaving residents on ‘cliff edge’

Posted on - 12th October, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News
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Mark Hendrick Pic danielbentley

According to Sir Mark Hendrick MP, nearly 5,300 people living in Preston, which has additional Covid-19 restrictions, face a ‘jobs cliff edge’ in a few weeks’ time.

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He says that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is failing to support those businesses and communities most at risk.

The Government’s furlough scheme is due to expire at the end of the month.

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However, new analysis by the Labour Party reveals that 5,300 people still on furlough are living under localised restrictions in Preston, who will receive no new targeted support.

Despite a rise in infections and huge swathes of the country being placed under further restrictions, Labour said the Chancellor had failed to deliver an economic package to protect businesses and jobs most at risk from a second wave.

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Sir Mark Hendrick MP said: “The Chancellor spoke for just ten minutes on Monday – and he had nothing to say to the millions of people whose jobs are now at risk because of his policies.

“Britain risks the worst unemployment crisis in decades and Rishi Sunak will be directly responsible for it.”

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