Rishi Sunak told to apologise for ‘prematurely’ withdrawing furlough scheme



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he Chancellor should use his visit to Scotland to apologise for “prematurely withdrawing furlough and risking thousands of unnecessary redundancies”, the SNP has demanded.

Rishi Sunak will visit Edinburgh Glasgow and Fife on Thursday to meet people supported by the UK Government’s “plan for jobs” scheme, which he said has supported one in three jobs in Scotland and tens of thousands of Scottish businesses.

Mr Sunak hailed the strength of the Union and Scotland’s “innovation and ingenuity” ahead of the visit, saying: “We’ve come through this pandemic as one United Kingdom.”

But the SNP’s shadow chancellor Alison Thewliss urged him to explain “why he is short-changing us on youth jobs” and going ahead with Universal Credit cuts that will “plunge half a million people into poverty”.

Ms Thewliss puts a question to Mr Sunak last year (UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor) / PA Media

Mr Sunak said: “Thanks to the strength of our Union we’ve deployed the fastest vaccination rollout in Europe and our economy is rebounding faster than expected.

“It’s vital this continues, and Scotland’s innovation and ingenuity will be key in creating jobs, powering our growth and driving a green recovery.”

The Treasury added that through the pandemic 900,000 people in Scotland were furloughed, more than 90,000 businesses have received loans and £1.535 billion has been paid in self-employment support.

But Ms Thewliss called on Mr Sunak “to apologise to the people and businesses here for withdrawing furlough support prematurely and risking thousands of unnecessary redundancies”.

She went on: “I would urge Rishi Sunak to explain to the people of Scotland why he is short-changing us on youth jobs, and ploughing ahead with Universal Credit cuts that will undermine the Scottish Child Payment and plunge half a million people into poverty, when at the same time he can find £250 million for a UK Government yacht.

“It is increasingly clear that the only way to keep Scotland safe from Tory austerity is to become an independent country with the full powers needed to protect jobs and secure a strong, fair and progressive recovery.”



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