Furlough scheme extended as North West Norfolk MP describes tier two announcement as 'frustrating'
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of April.
West Norfolk businesses which may be struggling will also be supported through the extension of the Covid-19 business loan schemes until the end of March.
As part of the furlough scheme, the government will continue to contribute 80 per cent towards wages in a bid to protect jobs during the challenging coronavirus pandemic period.
Mr Sunak said: “Our package of support for businesses and workers continues to be one of the most generous and effective in the world – helping our economy to recover and protecting livelihoods across the country."
These changes come ahead of the Budget, which will take place on March 3, 2021.
The announcement comes on the same day we were told Norfolk will stay in tier two coronavirus restrictions before being eased for a five-day Christmas window.
North West Norfolk MP James Wild said: "Norfolk remains in tier two with a mixed picture of case rates that are too high for tier one and which have increased in the West Norfolk Borough Council area.
"This is frustrating for many and hospitality businesses particularly. By following guidance we control the virus."
Data, for the week ending last Friday, December 11, showed there were 217 confirmed coronavirus cases in West Norfolk, up 75 on the previous week.