PM: Jobs programme very likely

Unemployment is expected to rise significantly when the next set of data is released, after a 2.1m people claimed Universal Credit in April – a 70 per cent increase. Johnson was asked today at a Liaison Committee meeting if he would implement a long-term unemployment programme similar to the Future Jobs Fund brought in by Gordon Brown. A recent leak of Treasury papers to The Telegraph showed the government will likely have a yearly deficit of at least £300bn – a 12-fold increase than pre-coronavirus estimates. Johnson told Tory MP Mel Stride at today’s committee meeting he would not break any of his manifesto promises. Gallery: Thousands of UK retail workers are being furloughed (Business Insider) “I would share your instincts, Mel, to try and keep taxes as low as we conceivably can, consistent with our desire to invest in our fantastic public services.