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Sunak Urged to Save U.K. Firms From ‘Ruin’ of Covid Curbs

  • Chancellor considering ‘targeted’ wage support, says Raab
  • New restrictions on business likely to last another six months
Rishi Sunak arrives at Downing Street ahead of the Cabinet Meeting on Sept. 15.
Rishi Sunak arrives at Downing Street ahead of the Cabinet Meeting on Sept. 15.Photographer: Leon Neal/Getty Images
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Struggling businesses were just getting back on their feet after the U.K.’s first national lockdown sparked the country’s deepest recession in over a century. Now they face another six months of hardship after Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled a fresh tranche of coronavirus restrictions that will last until spring 2021.

Johnson’s announcement immediately put pressure onto Chancellor Rishi Sunak to set out how the government intends to protect jobs and help businesses through the autumn and winter, just as it winds up its support programs.