Rishi Sunak rejects calls by businesses for furlough extension

Failure to maintain Covid support measures will push firms into bankruptcy, says Labour

Rishi Sunak has rejected business demands for an extension of the furlough scheme and business rates relief, despite a four-week delay in the easing of Covid-19 restrictions previously set for 21 June.

Business leaders and Labour said failure to maintain emergency economic support measures in line with public health restrictions would push struggling businesses into bankruptcy and risk thousands of jobs.

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