The Liberal Democrats are calling for an extension of the Government’s furlough scheme in the wake of “staggering job losses” across the country.
With 10,760 people now relying on Universal Credit in Cardiff, the Party claims that extending furlough would help “stop this crisis getting even worse” and protect jobs for the future. This is 5,875 more than in the same period last in 2019.
Despite the Chancellor promising last month to do “whatever it takes” to support households and businesses through the worst of the coronavirus outbreak, the Government has so far failed to agree a plan beyond the end of the furlough scheme on 31 October.
The Liberal Democrats have also warned some of the worst hit are the country's self-employed workers, three million of which are still not covered by support. The Party has called for support to be extended and urged the public to join its campaign to protect jobs.
Cllr Rhys Taylor, Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Cardiff Council said:
“With so many families in crisis, the Government should be doing everything in its power to protect jobs in Cardiff and right across the country.
“The fact that 10,760people are now relying Universal Credit in Cardiff - more than 5,800 more than the same time last year - shows exactly why the Chancellor must extend the furlough scheme, at least until the middle of next year.
“Ministers need to act now to stop this crisis getting even worse and extend financial support for the millions of people currently excluded from the Government assistance.
"In the long-term, we need a Universal Basic Income so everyone has the security to face the huge challenges we face in the years ahead, and to make sure we can all live with dignity.”