Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, has joined a cross-party move to extend the government’s support for furloughed workers to include new starters who are currently excluded from the scheme. He has given his support to a parliamentary motion highlighting the fact that many people who recently joined a company are unable to access the support that approximately 1-in-5 UK workers benefit from. In recent days ministers have suggested that the furlough scheme will be “wound down”.
Mr Carmichael said:
“Across the country thousands of new starters have missed out on furlough support, including many in the isles. Through no fault of their own they have been left in limbo – unable to access the work support that others receive even as they face the same challenges as any other worker.
“Successive governments have made it easier for people to move between jobs and to work flexibly. People who have taken those opportunities and moved jobs recently should have the same support as anyone else.”
“This week ministers have suggested that they are planning to “wind down” the furlough scheme. This would be a mistake. The government should consider the consequences for new starters left behind already and think again.”