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Britain faces a jobs crisis: we must fight for jobs, businesses and high streets.
The Government was too slow into lockdown, too slow on testing and too slow to protect jobs. Now, the Chancellor’s one-size-fits-all withdrawal of furlough risks creating a jobs squeeze that will put people’s livelihoods at risk.
We can’t bounce back if we’re stuck in a Tory jobs crisis.
Tens of thousands of people have lost their jobs since the Covid-19 crisis began.
But it isn’t too late to save many more.
Labour is calling on the Government to save jobs, businesses and livelihoods by:
- Targeting help to the industries and areas that need it most
- Giving our public services the resources to prepare for any second wave
- Getting test, trace and isolate functioning properly to build public confidence
Labour’s five-point plan for jobs:
Fight for jobs:
fix the furlough scheme to support people in the worst-hit industries.
Back our businesses:
with a £1.7 billion fightback fund to stop firms going under and save our high streets.
Leave no-one behind:
with targeted support for areas forced back into lockdown.
Keep workers safe:
by protecting workers’ rights, by boosting sick pay, making workplaces safe, and giving our NHS and care services the resources to stop a second wave.
Drive job creation:
by investing in infrastructure, speeding up progress to zero-carbon economy and improving access to skills and training.