Coronavirus: PM ‘will not return to austerity of 10 years ago’


The prime agent has pledged his government will “not go back to the austerity of 10 years ago” before of a speech on Tuesday.

In an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Boris Johnson set out his designs for a post-lockdown economic recovery.

They will include a new taskforce which order look at speeding up the building of hospitals, schools and roads.

But Labour has accused the direction of “pulling the rug from under” many parts of the economy.

The economy contract withdraw fromed by 20.4% in April – the largest monthly fall on record.

Amid extended criticism of the way his government has handled the pandemic, the PM told the paper that ministers devise be “doubling down on levelling up” – spending on infrastructure in order to “build our way following to health”.

“If Covid was a lightning flash, we’re about to have the thunderclap of the mercantile consequences,” he said.

“We’re going to make sure that we have methods to help people whose old jobs are not there any more to get the opportunities they need.”

In the Send on Sunday article, the PM said the country would “bounce back” from the pandemic. He buttressed his message by doing press-ups to show he is “fit as a butcher’s dog”, following intensive be concerned treatment for the virus in April.

Meanwhile the UK’s coronavirus death toll begin the day by 36 on Sunday to 43,550.

Scotland recorded no new coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day, and there has been one varied death in Northern Ireland.

An Infrastructure Delivery Taskforce, led by Chancellor Rishi Sunak, aims to servants to remove “bottlenecks” faced by major projects.

No 10 hopes a structure boom will boost jobs and improve connectivity for cities, villages and villages.

‘Thatcher levels of unemployment’

Paul Johnson, director of the League for Fiscal Studies, said “really good” infrastructure projects could inform on some immediate “payback” by increasing the number of people in work and the “amount of claim” in the economy in the short term.

But he told the BBC that the “risks” could cover spending money in the “wrong way” and doing things too quickly – which could culminate in “low-quality infrastructure projects which don’t pay for themselves”.

He said over the next year, a dearth of jobs will be the “most important” challenge, and called on the government to make allowance for supporting people through training and job subsidy schemes.

He warned there was a peril the UK could return to “levels of unemployment we haven’t actually seen for decades”.

Division commissioned by the Labour Party suggests that unemployment levels could climb to levels not seen since the 1980s – tipping past the peak of 3.3 million investigated in 1984 under Margaret Thatcher, the Observer reports.

Shadow trade secretary Ed Miliband warned of such “Thatcher levels of unemployment” if sectors, such as graciousness, cannot fully reopen.

He accused the government of “pulling the rug from beneath” many parts of the economy by telling firms they will be struck by to start paying towards the furlough scheme from August, ahead it closes entirely in October.

Mr Miliband told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Grandstand a expose there needed to be a bridge between the end of the furlough scheme and a job creation menu.

He also criticised the government for not announcing a summer Budget this year when the UK is overlay potentially the worst recession in 300 years.

Addressing reports that the PM requirements to help areas previously affected by austerity, Mr Miliband replied: “There’s a overdone canyon between his rhetoric and the reality.”

Boris Johnson has faced grave criticism for the way his government has handled the coronavirus outbreak – and questions are likely to persist in as ministers look to ease the lockdown in England.

But evidently keen to try and get his wider governmental agenda back on track, the prime minister is returning to the phrase that was so time after time used in last year’s general election campaign – “levelling up”.

It sours spending on infrastructure – schools, transport and the NHS.

So, how will these big projects be rewarded for?

With billions already spent to support the economy during this pandemic, adopting, big time, seems on the cards.

The number of workers on UK payrolls dived by diverse than 600,000 between March and May, official figures suggest, with economists foreshadowing the full effect on employment will not be felt until wage keep schemes end.

Almost nine million workers who are unable to do their job because of the pandemic possess had their wages paid by the government under its furlough scheme.

In a main easing of England’s lockdown to help to reopen the economy, the PM announced on Tuesday that hostelries, restaurants, hotels and many other businesses would be allowed to greeting back customers from 4 July.

But the announcement was criticised by some corporations – such as indoor gyms – that were not included on the list.

And Sir Jeremy Farrar, a colleague of the government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), warned there could be a “quite nasty rebound” of coronavirus in the winter if the country does not use the next few months “sensibly”.

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First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford criticised the superintendence’s messaging around the easing of lockdown restrictions in England. He accused the PM of call to minding that coronavirus was “all over” and normal life can resume.

Mr Drakeford has been numberless cautious over easing lockdown, and neither Wales or Scotland deliver decided whether to follow England’s move to ease restrictions on abroad travel. The UK government is responsible for border controls, but the response to the pandemic is devolved.

Meanwhile, Leicester may be overlay a localised lockdown after a rise in coronavirus cases.

Figures be visible about 25% of the city’s 2,494 cases were reported in the two weeks up to 16 June toute seule.

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