In advance of the Chancellor's emergency budget, Layla Moran MP has called on the Government to take urgent action to retrain and protect people or face setting the country up for a wave of unemployment and a real Autumn of Discontent.
The number of people on payroll fell by more than 600,000 between March and May as lockdown hit Britain’s labour market, according to the Office for National Statistics. The data also shows benefit claimants have more than doubled since March, with a further 529,000 people submitting claims in May.
Liberal Democrat MP and leadership candidate Layla Moran said: "Despite the Government's schemes, the number of people on payroll plummeted between March and May. Many of the newly unemployed will be economically vulnerable and forced to turn to a Universal Credit system that was creaking even before the crisis.
"Unless the Government takes urgent action to retrain and protect people, they are setting the country up for a wave of unemployment and a real Autumn of Discontent.
"In advance of the Chancellor's emergency budget, the Government must prioritise funding for adult retraining and lifelong learning schemes, so that those without jobs to go back to can find opportunities in different sectors. The Government must also reconsider a Universal Basic Income, to ensure no-one is left behind in the wake of this crisis."