Responding to the Chancellor's announcement that those who work for firms forced to close due to coronavirus restrictions are to get two-thirds of their wages paid for by the Government, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:
"This partial U-turn by the Chancellor after pressure from the Liberal Democrats and others is welcome, but not enough. Losing a third of your income overnight if you work in hospitality could push many people over the financial edge.
"Of course the Government must support those it tells to close, but help shouldn’t be limited to just some parts of the UK – it’s needed right across the country.
"People are struggling in every area and the economy as a whole is on the ropes. Business needs certainty and a clear strategy - not chop and change, knee-jerk reactions. The Chancellor needs to expand furlough support urgently and across the whole economy until June 2021."