Furlough scheme has “done what it was designed to do,” Sunak says

Cabinet Reshuffle
Rishi Sunak says the furlough scheme has been a success after doing what it has been designed to do. More than half of those furloughed since May returned to work by mid-August according to data published by the Office for National Statistics. At the schemes peak in May, 30% of the workforce across the UK was furloughed. The share of the workforce furloughed fell by more than half to 11% by mid-August - and will likely have fallen further since. The data comes as the Chancellor visited pottery firm Emma Bridgewater, who have recently returned nearly all of their furloughed
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