Tag: virus

Coronavirus: Impact of virus ‘made NI recession 10 times worse’

Image copyright PA Media Image caption There are concerns unemployment could spike when the government’s job retention scheme closes at the end of the month The recession NI was already facing has been made 10 times worse by Covid-19, a committee has heard. Stormont’s economy committee has been hearing from economists on how the pandemic has affected economic growth. Ulster… Read more →

Nicola Sturgeon: ‘This virus cannot define our futures’

Image copyright PA Media Image caption Nicola Sturgeon has said the programme for government will not be a “normal one” Nicola Sturgeon has insisted Scotland “cannot let coronavirus define its future”. The first minister is due to set out her programme for government for the coming parliamentary year this week. She warned it would not be a “normal” programme and… Read more →

‘Raise sick pay’ to lower virus health and economic risk

Image copyright Getty Images Statutory sick pay should be increased and the furlough scheme extended on a flexible basis, new research suggests. Doing so would better manage a “crude” trade-off between lives and livelihoods as the UK economy reopens. These are two of the recommendations in a new report from the Royal Society. It says economic and health data should… Read more →

Benefit cap: Ministers rule out review despite virus worries

Image copyright Getty Images Ministers say they will not lift the benefits cap despite an advisory body warning it is stopping people getting help they need during the pandemic. The Social Security Advisory Committee said people living in areas with high rental costs were losing out due to a lack of flexibility in the system. Coronavirus meant it was “unrealistic”… Read more →

Chancellor ‘turning his back’ on people needing virus support

Image copyright JESSICA TAYLOR/UK Parliament MPs say the chancellor has “effectively drawn a line” under helping more than a million people excluded from government virus support packages. Last week, the Treasury Committee published an interim report into gaps in support to firms and workers hit by the virus. However, Rishi Sunak mounted a strong defence of his aid packages. The… Read more →