Targeted action for parts of Britain at risk of surging unemployment


This report from UK think tank JRF looks at how the Chancellor should tailor his policy response to the needs of the UK’s hardest-hit places.

The Government has taken the first steps to wind down the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which has protected millions of jobs and supported families’ incomes, effectively putting them on furlough. This is a reminder that bold, compassionate action can offer people the security they need in these times. However, we are only just beginning to see the full economic effects of COVID-19 and it is clear those effects are not going to be evenly spread. Our new research has for the first time identified the parts of Britain which will find it hardest to recover from the economic impact of the lockdown. The Government must do the right thing and help pull these places back from the brink of surging levels of poverty caused by unemployment. There is no one-size-fits-all recovery plan but the Government has the opportunity to act now, in a targeted way, that will make the economic recovery in these places easier in the future.

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