More Than 6m UK Workers Furloughed As Job Retention Scheme Cost Hits £8bn

Separate figures released on Monday show that since the crisis began more than 1.8 million people have also claimed universal credit, the main welfare benefit for jobseekers and the low-paid. Questions have been raised over the future of the scheme as the government plans to a route to get the country back to work.  The Liberal Democrats argue many firms will not have the cashflow to pay employees’ full salaries when the lockdown measures are eased and workers are able to return to work, and may instead opt for redundancy.