The authorities will decide up “most of” the wages of employees because the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate many companies , says Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

He stated authorities grants would cover 80% of the wage of workers who’re saved on by their employer however are unable to work.

The new coronavirus job retention scheme will cover wages up to £2,500 a month.

Mr Sunak stated he would do “whatever it takes” and known as his plans “an unprecedented economic intervention to support the jobs and incomes of the British people”.

The Universal Credit customary allowance will even be elevated by £1,000 a yr for the following 12 months, whereas the working tax credit score fundamental ingredient will be boosted by the identical quantity.

He additionally stated he would defer the following quarter of VAT funds for companies till the top of June, in a £30bn injection into the economic system.

The measures to strengthen the welfare system will profit greater than 4 million of probably the most weak households, he added.

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“Employers will be able to contact HMRC for a grant to cover most of the wages of people who are not working but are furloughed and kept on payroll rather than being laid off,” he stated.

Mr Sunak pledged £1bn for renters by boosting housing profit and Universal Credit, and added that the welfare funds’ “generosity” could be elevated to permit the native housing allowance to cover at the very least 30% of market rents.

“Our planned economic response will be one of the most comprehensive in the world,” he stated.

“To all those at home, right now anxious about the days ahead, I say you will not face this alone.”

However, he warned: “I cannot promise you that no one will face hardship in the weeks ahead.”

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The new scheme means self-employed employees will find a way to entry Universal Credit funds in full, at a price equal to statutory sick pay eligible to workers.

The chancellor’s announcement got here after criticism that his £350bn emergency help package deal for the economic system earlier this week targeting companies however did little for their workers.

Boris Johnson additionally used the press convention to order pubs, gyms, cafes and restaurants across the country to close.

He stated it was essential to cut back “unnecessary” social gatherings by 75% so as to have an effect on the an infection price.

It comes after the overall quantity of people who’ve died within the UK after contracting COVID-19 rose to 177 after England noticed 39 extra deaths – the largest rise in a day.

The UK additionally noticed one other 714 confirmed instances of coronavirus identified in a day, bringing its whole quantity to 3,983.

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Sky News’ economics editor Ed Conway stated the economic system is “having a cardiac arrest”.

“We have never seen anything like this. We never saw anything like this in wartime Britain, previous recessions and previous depressions.

“The authorities is stepping in and paying people’s salaries – that’s extremely uncommon.”

He said the “radical” move shows how “desperately involved” the federal government is concerning the state of the economic system.

Mr Sunak stated the following self-assessment funds could be deferred to January 2021 in a bid to additional help self-employed people.

He stated the security internet could be additional strengthened by further assist for renters who might battle with funds over the following few months.