Rishi Sunak to announce changes to Covid support today

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will set out details of additional support for the deal in the third lockdown later Tuesday, Michael Gove said.

Those who cannot work thanks to the coronavirus rules can still be granted leave according to the current rules – which are supposed to end in spring.

There are also ongoing loans, grants, and tax schemes for businesses and the self-employed.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveiled his first package of financial measures on March 17 last year, including £ 330 billion in loans to help companies cope with the coronavirus crisis.

Three days later, Mr Sunak put forward the coronavirus job protection scheme – vacation – with the government covering 80% of the wages of non-working staff, up to £ 2,500 a month.

In October last year, Sunak announced that workers in pubs, restaurants and other businesses forced to close due to new restrictions would have the government pay two-thirds of their wages.

In November, Sunak announced to the Commons that in a major U-turn by the government, the vacation program would be extended through March.

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