Peter Holbrook CBE, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK:

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement at PMQs that the furlough scheme will be addressed to consider the needs of shielding workers. There are hundreds of thousands of workers that are shielding and will continue to shield over the coming months. We must consider the needs of these workers in any changes to the furlough scheme otherwise we risk making them unemployed unnecessarily.”  

“Social enterprises employ large numbers of vulnerable workers shielding due to COVID-19 and proposals need to be developed in consultation with employers so that as many jobs are saved as possible. Many of these workers have traditionally struggled to find jobs in the past, so it is right that we focus on their needs in this crisis. This announcement is a positive step forward and we look forward to seeing more detail from the government in due course.”

10 June 2020