Wednesday 17 February 2021 / 10:30 PM Anneliese Dodds

Anneliese Dodds responds to Resolution Foundation report that found two million workers have not worked for at least six months of the Covid-19 pandemic

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, responding to a report from the Resolution Foundation that found almost two million workers have not worked for at least six months of the Covid-19 pandemic, said:

“With the UK suffering the worst economic crisis of any major economy, it’s vital that the Chancellor acts before the Budget to protect jobs, secure our economy and get Britain back on the road to recovery.
“Labour has called for a smart extension to the furlough scheme that includes training to help the long-term furloughed build new skills while they are unable to work.

“We’ve called for an overhaul of the Government’ failing Kickstart youth jobs scheme to help our young people back into employment, and we’re urging the Chancellor to bring forward £30 billion in capital investment over the next 18 months to support the creation of 400,000 new jobs of the future.”