Press Release: Chi demands more support for jobs in Newcastle

Chi Onwurah MP is demanding Government act to support furloughed staff in Newcastle Central.

Jessica Taylor, official House of Commons photographer

Chi said:

“In the north east, we have seen the devasting impact of mass unemployment before. The furlough scheme ends next month with over 13,000 jobs and 3,000 self-employed people in Newcastle Central at risk.

“Yesterday, I asked the Government what level of unemployment was acceptable to them but didn’t get an answer.

“The people who are in jobs hardest hit by the pandemic, like the 8785 working people with jobs in restaurants, pubs & clubs, and hospitality & tourism, will be wondering why this Government doesn’t seem to care about their livelihoods.”

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