The comments made by Anneliese Dodds, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, on 9 October 2020.
The Chancellor should have introduced a Job Recovery Scheme that incentivised employers to keep more staff on. Instead, his Job Support Scheme makes it more expensive to bring staff back than many other international schemes.
Viable businesses just need support to cope with the restrictions the Government has imposed on them. They pinned their hopes on the Chancellor to deliver, but he’s forcing them to flip a coin over who stays and who goes.
This wasn’t by accident – it was by design. The Chancellor’s sink or swim Job Support Scheme is a throwback to the worst days of Thatcher, and just like in the 1980s people on the lowest incomes will pay the highest price.