Feb 24, 2021

Budget 2021: 'I've been furloughed twice in one year'

Most of the 1,500 artists who work for RubyLemon across the UK are freelancers, who can't be furloughed and will continue to struggle as they wait for business to restart in June. Many began on furlough only to be made redundant - and large numbers of them are still looking for work. Alison, from West Yorkshire, was furloughed by the hotel group she worked for between March and October. There are calls to overhaul the Kickstart programme, which which provides subsidised work placements for young people who have been out of work for at least six months. Since launch in September, fewer than 2,000 work placements having been started due to Covid restrictions, despite 120,000 roles having been created.

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