Published: 24th Aug 2020

The forthcoming end to the government’s furlough scheme could deepen regional inequality across the UK, the Labour Party has warned. The government’s job retention scheme is due to end on 31 October, having helped pay the wages for more than 7m workers since the lockdown started in March. But Labour has warned that the sudden end to the scheme could lead to mass redundancies, with sectors like retail and manufacturing suffering the biggest casualties, which could impact some regions more than others. Figures published by the opposition party show that more than 10% of the North West’s workforce is in the retail sector – the highest proportion anywhere in the UK. And Wales and the North East are second and third in terms of the proportion of the workforce in retail. Almost 13% of the workforce in the East Midlands is in the manufacturing sector – the highest proportion in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)