Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the leader of Westminster city council have called on the government for more support for businesses ahead of the furlough scheme ending this weekend.

The government’s job retention scheme, aimed at helping workers through the pandemic, will be replaced by a less generous job support scheme from November.

 That will cover up to two-thirds of an employee’s salary if they work 20% of their usual hours.

But Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “For many businesses facing acute financial problems in London’s retail, hospitality and cultural sectors this won’t be enough to prevent further closures and the devastation of more unemployment.”
East London pub, on the corner of Jackman Street, Hackney

London pubs are among the many businesses badly affected by the pandemic