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Coronavirus: Furlough figures increase for Peterborough

More than a quarter of all workers in Peterborough have been furloughed according to the latest government data - and the figure is rising.
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Coronavirus: Furlough figures increase for Peterborough (Picture: Shariqua Ahmed)

The latest figures for August show that August 62,000 residents are employed in the Peterborough constituency, a slight drop compared to 62,200 in July.

The number of people furloughed has increased to 16,900, equating to a 2% increase on the number in July. This has pushed the figure up to 27% - despite Prime Minister Boris Johnson encouraging people to return to work as of August 1.

In July the furlough figure was 15,600, equating to 25% of the workforce.

The highest furlough rate in the country sits in the Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency with 43% of workers still furloughed. 

The furlough scheme - otherwise known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - was introduced by chancellor Rishi Sunak and allowed workers across UK to continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500.

It was implemented in March, with a plan to continue it until May. It was later extended to June, before finally being extended until October.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "Our Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has protected millions of jobs and businesses across the UK during the outbreak – and I’ve been clear that I want to avoid a cliff edge and get people back to work in a measured way.

"This extension and the changes we are making to the scheme will give flexibility to businesses while protecting the livelihoods of the British people and our future economic prospects."

Mike Cherry, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "The Job Retention Scheme is a lifeline which has been hugely beneficial in helping small employers keep their staff in work, and it’s extension is welcome. Small employers have told us that part-time furloughing will help them recover from this crisis and it is welcome that new flexibility is announced today."