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Revealed: the number of workers in Peterborough furloughed

Nearly a quarter of all workers in Peterborough have been furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest government figures.
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Cathedral Square photograph taken pre-lockdown (Picture: Shariqua Ahmed)

Of 54,800 workers in the Peterborough constituency, 24% have been furloughed, equating to 13,200 people.

In North-west Cambridgeshire the figure is slightly lower - 20% of the 76,700 workers have been furloughed, equating to 15,600 people.

The constituency with the highest percentage of workers furloughed is Brent, with a massive 42% of workers affected, while in Sheffield Hallam the figure is just 12%.

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.

The scheme, designed to relieve the financial burden on companies which were suffering vastly reduced incomes, is due to run until October.

From Wednesday, July 1, employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any shift pattern. Employers will still be able to claim support under the new Flexible Furlough Scheme (FFS).

Earlier this month Peterborough's prospects for employment were described as 'quite positive' by Sandy Harris, area manager for Reed recruitment agency, who said that Peterborough businesses have done remarkably well with what they've done and how they've coped.