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- Nearly 35,000 workers in Scotland removed from furlough scheme
- Nearly 35,000 workers in Scotland removed from furlough scheme Nearly 35,000 people in Scotland were removed from slotxo the UK government's furlough programme in June, official HMRC figures show. A total of 141,500 remained on the job retention scheme - which was down from 175,300 at the end of May. Furlough will be wound down further from Sunday as the UK government asks employers to make a bigger contribution to the wage support scheme. The Treasury said 900,000 Scots were furloughed during the pandemic. It added that more than 90,000 businesses had received loans and just over £1.5bn had been paid in self-employment support. Across the UK, an estimated 1.3 million people were on the scheme at the beginning of July, down from a peak of 5.1 million at the height of lockdown in January. The scheme has been extended several times but will end on 30 September. It has been credited with stopping a spike in unemployment - although some fear jobs will be lost when it ends - and has so far cost UK taxpayers almost £50bn. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the fall in the number of people still on furlough showed that the UK government's plan for saving jobs was working. He said unemployment in the UK was lower than in many other European countries, and was now expected to peak at about 6% rather than the 12% that had been predicted at the start of the pandemic.
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