Britain focuses on youth in $37-billion virus package

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The UK government pledges £1,000 for firms to take on trainees, and £2 billion to subsidize placements for 16- to 24-year-olds from lower-income families.

Delivering a mini-budget to parliament, finance minister Rishi Sunak announced bonuses to companies retaining staff and taking on apprentices, investment in eco-friendly jobs, and even allowing Britons to enjoy discounted meals in some restaurants.

Noting that"people are anxious about losing their jobs, about unemployment rising," Sunak said,"We're not just going to accept this."

 

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