How are other European countries supporting their workers – and is the UK doing enough?

Across Europe politicians are extending support to workers, but the chancellor has insisted that the UK’s furlough scheme will be fully wound down by November come what may. Which approach is more sensible, asks Ben Chu

Wednesday 26 August 2020 19:29 BST
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Germany has a social insurance scheme for downturns
Germany has a social insurance scheme for downturns (AFP/Getty)

The German government confirmed on Wednesday that it will extend its emergency coronavirus support programme for workers until the end of next year.

The French authorities are preparing to do something similar.

These continental political decisions to extend support to workers are in marked contrast to the UK, where the chancellor Rishi Sunak has insisted, to the dismay of many businesses, that the coronavirus job retention scheme will be fully wound down by November come what may.

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