(Bloomberg) — Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has put more than a million jobs at risk in industries unable to reopen — or only able to do so partially — because of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the U.K. opposition Labour Party said.
Sunak last week unveiled measures intended to support businesses and workers over the winter, part of a plan to revive the battered economy and at the same time contain the resurgent pandemic. But the package had little to offer nightclubs or the events industry which have yet to reopen following the national lockdown in March, or for theaters and the arts which are struggling to turn a profit on reduced audiences.
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“The chancellor is consigning whole sectors of our economy to the scrap heap, damaging lives and livelihoods, and threatening the