Rishi Sunak to use ‘creative’ ways to keep people in jobs

Chancellor hints at new measures to protect employment after announcing furlough scheme closure

Rishi Sunak has insisted that he will close the furlough scheme at the end of next month – but this week hinted that he could announce new measures to protect employment, telling MPs he would use “creative” ways to help keep people in jobs.

The government will pay bonuses of £1,000 for employers who bring back furloughed staff, and has launched the £2bn “kickstart” job creation scheme to fund work placements for under-25s.

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