“We are trying to identify shovel-ready projects — we want to get a move on with this,” it quoted one minister as saying.
Sunak said on Friday that employers hammered by the coronavirus
shutdown would have to gradually start contributing to the government’s hugely expensive wage subsidy scheme, but only from August.
The government has been paying since March 80% of the wages of workers who are temporarily laid off, and who now total 8.4 million, to limit a surge in unemployment.
While that has been warmly welcomed by unions and business groups there are still fears that many jobs will go in sectors which will struggle to reopen, such as hospitality, retail and aviation.