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Covid furlough scheme in the UK to be extended, says Chancellor Rishi Sunak

Support to continue until the end of April

The Business End: To do nothing will see the economy collapse

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak has extended the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April next year.

He said the move would provide 'certainty for millions of jobs and businesses'.

It means the government will continue to pay 80% of the wages of workers who have been furloughed.

Mr Sunak also confirmed he would be extending the government-guaranteed Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March.

These changes come in the run-up to the next Budget, which the chancellor confirmed would take place on 3 March 2021.

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