Tuesday 2 March 2021 / 10:00 PM Bridget Phillipson

Labour reacts to reports the Chancellor will extend the furlough and self-employed support schemes

Bridget Phillipson, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, reacting to reports the Chancellor will extend the furlough and self-employed support schemes, said:

“These changes to support schemes could have been made months ago. Businesses and workers have been pleading with the Chancellor to give them certainty – but they have had to wait because he said it wouldn’t be appropriate until the Budget. Announcing it the night before shows the focus is on Rishi Sunak getting his moment in the sun rather than protecting jobs and livelihoods.

“We need a Budget that secures Britain’s recovery and rebuilds the economic foundations the Conservatives weakened before the crisis. That means a plan to support jobs and businesses, protect family finances and set Britain on the path to a better, more secure future.”