Over 10,500 jobs in North West Durham, and almost 300,000 across the North East, have benefited from the Government’s Furlough scheme

Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham, has welcomed the massive positive benefit that the Government’s furlough scheme has had in North West Durham and across the North East of England.

In North West Durham alone, 10,500 people have directly benefited from the furlough scheme. The knock on effects of that have been colossal, helping other businesses keep going through the controversial lockdown crisis by ensuring local families are supported.

Across the North East as a whole almost 300,000 people have directly benefited, and the Chancellor ensured that the British taxpayer stepped up in an unprecedented way.

The mutual support, particularly of fellow new MPs (Paul Howell, Dehenna Davison, Peter Gibson and others) in lobbying for the scheme and its extension has been huge for our area.

Commenting on the numbers, Richard Holden, MP for North West Durham said:

“Behind every one of these jobs supported is a person supporting a family. In these really difficult times for the country it’s absolutely right that we as a government and as a country have stepped in to support local people.

“This financial support has also had a ripple effect across the wider economy, allowing people to spend money in the local economy and saving other jobs too.

“I am proud of the work me and other local MPs have done in raising this and in pushing the Treasury on this matter and it’s great to see that Rishi Sunak responded so well and overwhelmingly to support our communities across the North East at this difficult time.

“It’s worth remembering that this scheme is one of the most generous in the world, and we’ve only been able to deliver that because since 2010 we’ve managed to eliminate the structural deficit that was left behind, and so we’re able to step in when there are difficult times to support jobs and the economy.”

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  1. And it is only right that the good people of this country are supported. This government has destroyed so much over the years, especially in the North East, it is about time that they gave something back to the wonderful people here. What about businesses that are falling through the gaps for support too though, they don’t seem to want to help them? This does not take away the pain caused by the amount of people who have lost their lives during the pandemic due to this government’s lack of action at the beginning of the crisis and the weeks that followed. The lack of a pay rise for ALL front line workers that saved the country from falling to its knees – they clap for them but they don’t back it up with financial remuneration. That is what will be remembered when we go back to the polls.


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