End to the Furlough scheme sparks concerns of redundancy across the UK

Furlough has been hailed by many as one of the government's big successes during the pandemic - but now it's ending and there are fears it could spark job losses.

Nearly one million workers were expected to be on the scheme at the end of September, according to estimates by the Office for National Statistics.

It is unclear how many of those still were relying on it for all of their income.

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, it has helped pay the wages of 11.6 million workers.

But many forecasters, including the Bank of England, are expecting a small rise in unemployment as it ends. The financial Times reported that older workers and Londoners face the highest risk of unemployment, and claim action is needed to prevent London from becoming the unemployment capital of the UK.

The winding-up of the scheme could hit some especially hard as it comes at the same time as the £20 Universal Credit uplift ends, and amid a background of rising energy bills.

The Liberal Democrats have warned of a "tidal wave" of job losses and want furlough to continue for some sectors.

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