‘Everyone’s got bills to pay’: facing up to end of furlough scheme

‘Everyone’s got bills to pay’: facing up to end of furlough scheme

Workforces in Birmingham and Hounslow have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. We find out how they are coping.

At the end of this week, Roberts will be among more than a million furloughed workers to see the scheme close. But after an 11th-hour switch by the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to launch a new system of wage subsidies as the pandemic worsens, he will continue to receive support through a difficult winter ahead.

Luke Roberts has returned to work part-time as programme manager at social enterprise Miss Macaroon in Birmingham. Photograph: Andrew Fox/The Guardian

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