Just a fortnight after he unveiled his job support scheme to help British companies struggling during the pandemic, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has been forced to expand it.
It came as the Prime Minister prepares to make a statement to MPs giving details of new coronavirus restrictions in England. It’s thought they are likely to include the closure of pubs and bars in worst-affected areas.
In Scotland, some pubs and restaurants have been told to shut for at least 16 days.
Under the Chancellor’s latest scheme, the government will pay two-thirds of the wages of people in businesses which are ordered to shut. The measures come into effect on 1st November across the UK and will last for six months.
Jane Hill presents BBC News at Ten reporting by consumer affairs correspondent Sarah Corker, economics editor Faisal Islam and political correspondent Alex Forsyth.
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