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Andrea Leadsom claims furloughed employees 'don't really want to go back to work'

Andrea Leadsom warns of impact to the economy if furlough workers don't return to the office.

6/19/2021 8:06:00 AM

Andrea Leadsom warns of impact to the economy if furlough workers don't return to the office.

DAME ANDREA LEADSOM has warned of the 'very real consequences for our economy' if furloughed workers don't go back to work at the office.

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“So there's that issue, the mental health issue, the fear of it.“For other people, it's like, 'well actually being on furlough in lockdown has been great for me - I've got a garden, I've been able to go out walking every day, I've got great vegetables growing, I don't really want to go back to work, maybe I'll think about part-time or I'm going to retire early'.”

The scheme, which has helped millions of people over the coronavirus pandemic, is able to cover up to 80% of an employee’s salary for the hours they cannot work up to £2,500 per month.Andrea Leadsom wants of economic consequences to furlough(Image: Getty Images)

Experts predict there could be an unemployment bounce when furlough ends(Image: Getty Images)It was estimated 5.1 million people were on furlough in January but this has shrunk to around 3.4 million as of data aggregated in April.However, experts have predicted there may be an unemployment bounce when the scheme ends in September.

Earlier this month, Dan Tomlinson, Senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, said: “With around one-in-six young workers still on furlough at the end of April, today’s figures are a stark reminder of the risk of rising unemployment when the furlough scheme ends.

“The government must do all it can to ensure those workers find work as quickly as possible.”READ MORE: Andrea Leadsom claims people 'don't want to go back to work'(Image: Getty Images)One report from the Institute for Fiscal Studies suggested older workers will be especially hard hit when the scheme ends.

Dame Leadsom continued to say that some businesses in her constituency “simply can't get people to come back to work.”She said: “They can't get staff because people have, to be perfectly frank, become used to being on furlough”.Dame Leadsom added the issues “have very real consequences for our economy.

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That's a terribly jumbled article, about furloughed workers who can't work, people who don't want to work, people who have been working from home the whole time yet are perceived by a Dame to not be working at all, and people without jobs. 🤷🏼‍♂️ fk the economy - like its a thing it is racket BlackLivesMatter

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Except most office workers haven't been furloughed. As for those that have been working at home, it's a matter for them and their employers to decide - no need for Government interference.

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