BBC News have published information that the chancellor has unveiled increased support for jobs and workers hit by Covid restrictions after growing clamour from firms in tier two areas.
Rishi Sunak announced big changes to the Job Support Scheme (JSS) – set to replace furlough in November.
He told the Commons that even businesses not forced to shut were facing “profound economic uncertainty”.
Under the revised scheme, employers will pay less and staff can work fewer hours before they qualify.
At the same time, the taxpayer subsidy has been doubled.