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Sunak planning furlough extension in areas affected by local lockdowns

New support comes after Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, said he would take government to court

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The chancellor, Rishi Sunak, will announce a limited extension of the furlough scheme on Friday amid the prospect of legal action to prevent new restrictions from being imposed.

Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester mayor, indicated he would take the government to court to stop new measures being introduced without “proper compensation and a local furlough scheme for staff”.

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