Covid: Furlough extension backlash after Welsh firebreak snub

 Covid: Furlough extension backlash after Welsh firebreak snub


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image caption What will the new guidelines for Wales be when the firebreak ends?

Extending furlough mid-way through Wales’ firebreak is “not fair at all”, the first minister has stated.

Mark Drakeford stated Chancellor Rishi Sunak declined his demands to boost subsidies for incomes when Wales returned into lockdown.

” I got a response quickly to state that was not possible for a number of technical factors and so no,” Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio Cymru

The decision to extend furlough includes England dealing with a brand-new lockdown

Qualified individuals in Wales will also benefit – along with from a choice to extend home loan payment holidays

But the head of one company group said a lot of services had actually already made choices in regards to redundancies, ahead of the furlough extension statement.

The Treasury, which has actually been asked to comment, said formerly that the UK government had offered billions in support to Wales.

It likewise stated it could not advance its replacement for furlough, the new Task Support Scheme (JSS) to cover the duration of Wales’ firebreak.

Mr Drakeford stated: “Now when things alter in England they alter their minds about the furlough strategy. And that’s not fair.”

Welcoming the extension of furlough, he included: “When we were asking it was impossible to do it. Now when they have made brand-new choices in England it is possible.”

However Welsh Secretary Simon Hart said the Welsh Government did not ask for a furlough extension, rather the demand was associated with the Job Support Plan – which was due to change furlough.

He tweeted, attaching a copy of the very first minister’s letter to the chancellor: “They asked for a different plan to be brought forward having actually currently been informed that it was difficult.”

Mr Drakeford’s cabinet is satisfying on Sunday to discuss the impact of the month-long lockdown in England.

How will England’s lockdown affect Wales?

Wales’ firebreak will end on 9 November – and the date will not change as a result of the prime minister’s announcement on Saturday night, he said.

But the English lockdown “develops a brand-new context”, Mr Drakeford stated.

He used the example of pubs in Wrexham serving till 22: 00 GMT after the firebreak while bars in Chester are still closed.

If that attracts people over the border “is that going to create issues for the police in Wales?” he stated.

Mr Drakeford said he raised the issue with UK Cabinet Minister Michael Gove on Saturday.

” He said it would be illegal for individuals in England to travel outside England during the lockdown period they will have,” said Mr Drakeford.

Health Minister Vaughan Gething informed BBC Breakfast that England’s constraints, as he comprehended them, suggested “regular travel will not be possible into England since of their 4 week choice”.

A new set of “nationwide rules” throughout Wales is due to be announced on Monday.

What’s the furlough row about?

image caption Non-essential shops have actually been closed in Wales, in addition to bars, restaurants and hotels

The furlough extension has been a bone of contention in between the Welsh and UK governments.

It was due to end on Saturday and be changed with the brand-new, less generous Task Support Scheme.

Mr Drakeford previously asked the Treasury to extend furlough for one week to accompany the Welsh firebreak however his demands were declined.

Mr Sunak likewise decreased a request for the new Job Support Plan (JSS) – which will cover 67%of incomes when it replaces furloug

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