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Margaret Canning

Job losses inevitable in Northern Ireland, despite Chancellor's intervention

Margaret Canning


At the outset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Boris Johnson called for the public’s help to “squash the sombrero” of rising infections in order to avoid overwhelming the NHS.

Now that the furlough scheme - which at one point was preserving the jobs of nearly a quarter of a million people in Northern Ireland - is coming to an end, the economy is similarly at risk of becoming overwhelmed with unemployment.