New analysis by the Labour Party estimates that 3,937 people were still furloughed by their employer in late January in Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney constituency.

Seven months after Rishi Sunak launched his ‘Plan for Jobs’ last July, 3,185 people are claiming out of work benefits and 3,937 people are still on furlough in Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney.

The Chancellor’s initially triggered a one-size-fits-all wind down of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) in his Plan for Jobs last July. After several last-minute changes over the autumn and winter, the scheme is now set to expire at the end of April, with rumours suggesting it might be extended.

With 4.6 million people still on furlough nationally, Labour is calling for the Chancellor not to repeat the mistakes of last year by winding down the scheme while public health restrictions are in place and demand is still severely impacted.

Labour’s figures also show that 2,100 people in Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney had made claims under the Coronavirus Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) by the end of July. The Chancellor has left millions of self-employed people relying on the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) scheme in the dark about future support.

Labour is calling on the Chancellor to set the fourth grant of the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) at 80% of pre-crisis profits – and to do it now, not at the Budget.

Gerald Jones MP said:

“Rishi Sunak’s Plan for Jobs has been a disaster. Seven months after its launch, we have record redundancies, soaring unemployment and the worst economic crisis of any major economy.

 

“We need urgent action to secure, recover and create jobs to help 3,195 people claiming out of work benefits and 3,937 people still on furlough in Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney.

 

“People can’t afford to wait for the Chancellor to get his act together. They need emergency action today, not more dither and delay until the Budget.”

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