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New lockdown will be ‘very challenging’ for furloughed staff, minister concedes

Oliver Dowden admits it will be hard for people to live on two-thirds of their wages

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The culture secretary has conceded it will be “very challenging” for staff from hospitality businesses closed down under new lockdown rules to live on two-thirds of their wages, as leaders in Liverpool called for more generous support.

Ahead of a Commons statement by Boris Johnson, where the prime minister will set out restrictions targeted particularly at parts of the north of England, Oliver Dowden defended the government’s new wage-support scheme for areas under new lockdown measures.

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