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UK coronavirus live: government to support wages and help firms employ people on shorter hours

Chancellor announces ‘job support scheme’ to subsidise wages of people in work; VAT cut extended for hospitality and tourism sector until end of March

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This is from Sky’s Tom Boadle, quoting from the Treasury briefing on the new job support scheme. The grant per worker will be capped at £697.92 per month, it says.

The Job Support Scheme will be capped at £697.92 per month.

Here’s the Government’s “support for workers” in full: pic.twitter.com/jALDpyavhr

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