“The changes coming into force on Saturday are a reflection of the need to get much of the furloughed workforce out of this strange dreamlike existence and back to reality.
“Many businesses have already brought employees back from furlough – either flexibly or full-time – and we need to recognise that a proportion of those that remain subsidised by the taxpayer will not have jobs to return to. Although there may be a case for temporary financial support for those in this position, this should not be done through extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme as many continue to argue.
“It is unfair and irresponsible that the burden of paying wages should fall indefinitely on taxpayers when they themselves may see static pay, price rises, and possibly even tax rises to pay for all this.
“This week the cost of the furlough scheme passed £30billion. This will only continue to balloon between now and the end of October. Businesses need to adapt their models to meet the needs of future consumers, not remain stuck in the aspic of February 2020.
“Meanwhile those who do have continuing jobs and can return to their normal place of work should be encouraged to do so as soon as possible, to enable businesses serving office populations to begin recovering, save more furloughed jobs, and lessen the burden on the taxpayer.”
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