United Kingdom to subsidise wages of staff

London, September 24

Britain’s top treasury official plans to announce Thursday a new programme to help workers hurt by the pandemic, responding to pressure from businesses and labour unions to step in with more direct support for people in precarious work situations.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to unveil a package of economic measures, including an income support programme that would subsidise the wages of workers whose hours are cut due to the pandemic, during a speech to lawmakers.

The programme comes as Covid-19 cases continue to rise across the UK, blunting the country’s economic recovery from a nationwide lockdown imposed in March.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said now is the right time for Sunak to deliver his plan to the House of Commons to bolster the economy. — AP

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