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Commenting on the cut to universal credit and termination of the furlough scheme, both of which take place at the end of this month, TUC Yorkshire & Humber Regional Secretary Bill Adams said:

“Rishi Sunak is leading us into winter without a plan to protect working people and rebuild Yorkshire’s economy.

“The cost of living is rising fast, but ministers are determined to cut vital universal credit support. They must cancel the cut to help keep families warm and fed through the winter ahead.

“The Chancellor should rethink the end of furlough. Many workers in hard hit industries are still furloughed and need support for longer. Otherwise, we may see a rise in unemployment.

“For the Chancellor to jeopardise jobs in his own region like this is astonishing”

The TUC has called for the government to establish a permanent short-time working scheme to help protect working people through the ongoing economic changes due to the pandemic – especially in hard-hit industries. And such a scheme would also protect jobs through the transition to a net-zero economy.


Editors note

- The TUC report Beyond furlough: why the UK needs a permanent short-time work scheme is here:

- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together the 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.

Gareth Forest
0113 200 1075 / 07810 374976

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