@RishiSunak I hope you have a change of attitude and vote to feed this little one, unlike the needy human children to chose not to support.
— James Archer #Is He Still Here? (@James Archer #Is He Still Here?)
The Chancellor’s introduction of his undeniably adorable pup comes as employers begin to shoulder more of the cost of the flagship job retention scheme.
Affected staff will continue to receive 80 per cent of their wages, but employers will foot part of the bill for the first time since furlough was introduced.
The change will affect an estimated 1.5 million UK workers, with older employees at higher risk of unemployment.
The Resolution Foundation said more than one in four workers aged 55-64 who were furloughed during the recent lockdown remained so in May despite the reopening of the economy.
There has been a rapid return to work in recent months, and a welcome boost to living standards, said the think tank.
The rapid fall in furlough rates has been driven by the reopening of sectors like hospitality and leisure, which disproportionately employ younger workers, according to the report.
Younger people have returned from furlough more quickly, resulting in older workers bearing the highest risk of being out of work longer, the foundation explained.
Its research indicated that more than 600,000 workers aged 45-64 have been unemployed or on full furlough for at least six months.
Labour has called for support measures to be extended as long as restrictions to combat Covid-19 remain in place.
Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Bridget Phillipson told BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme: “It doesn’t make any sense given that we have had to delay the easing of restrictions because of the Government’s handling of the border problem to then expect businesses to be paying more at a point at which they’re at a really difficult time.
“For the Government to expect them to be contributing more at this point risks tipping them over the edge.”
However, the Treasury argues that its furlough funding has been and remains "substantial".
"We deliberately went long with our support to provide certainty to people and businesses over the summer,” a department spokesperson said.
"The furlough scheme is in place until September and is amongst the most generous schemes in the world.”