Carmichael welcomes overdue furlough extension to March

Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael has welcomed the government’s extension of the furlough scheme and other economic support measures through to March 2021.

Mr Carmichael said:

“We can trust the Conservatives to do the right thing after they have exhausted all other possibilities. The full extension to furlough through to March is absolutely the right thing to do in light of the resurgent pandemic. More support for the self-employed is also welcome. Taken together these measures will give some reassurance to people worried about their finances through the winter months, and in particular those in seasonal and tourist businesses.

“We have to ask, however, why they made such a hash of it this week. My party has been calling for the government to see sense and extend furlough for months and yet even after the new lockdown measures, businesses and workers spent days in confusion over the government’s plan. With the threat of redundancies looming it took far too long for the Treasury to change course.”

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