Parliament at sunset

PMQs: Will furlough be extended?

Today in PMQs leader of the opposition, Keir Starmer, chose to focus on the furlough scheme that is due to come to an end at the end of October.

Calls to extend the furlough scheme were echoed across multiple parties, with Ian Blackford seconding Mr Starmer’s calls.

Mr Blackford claimed that up to a million jobs could be lost as a result of not extending the furlough scheme.

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is due to make an announcement to the Commons tomorrow (Sept 24) which is expected to set out some form of support businesses and workers that have been affected by the latest restrictions that have been put into place, however it is unclear whether he will address the extension to the furlough scheme.

Sir Keir also took aim at the head of NHS Test and Trace, Dido Harding and Health Secretary Matt Hancock during his questions, he said.

“Pretending there isn’t a problem is part of the problem, prime minister.”

He added:

“Is the explanation from the PM that we haven’t got enough capacity because nobody could have expected the rise in demand? That’s the Dido Harding defence - or is it we’ve got all the capacity we need, it is just that people are being unreasonable in asking for tests? That’s the Hancock defence. So which is it?”

PSE June/July Cover

PSE June/July 21

Looking to the future

Our June/July 2021 edition of PSE delves into a number of key issues facing our public sector, including how we rebuild services, the move to a more digital way of working and the growing climate emergency, diving into real-world examples of success from those who are achieving them across our sector.


View all videos
#PSE365: Public Sector Decarbonisation

Be A Part Of It!

Save The Date: 9th September 2021
PSE365: Public Sector Decarboniation Event

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Magazine Feature

Keep communities at the heart of planning

Chris Borg, NALC policy manager

Chris Borg discusses the Planning for the Future white paper and explains the importance of residents and local councils having a say when it comes to planning

More articles...

View all