Northern Ireland news

Economy Minister calls for extension of furlough scheme in Northern Ireland to protect jobs

Economy Minister Diane Dodds has called for an extension of the furlough scheme to protect jobs in Northern Ireland. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye/PA Wire
Marie Louise McConville

ECONOMY Minister Diane Dodds has called for an extension of the furlough scheme to protect jobs in Northern Ireland.

Around 106,000 people were furloughed in Northern Ireland under the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, as of January 31.

Mrs Dodds was speaking as the Economic Recovery Action Plan was launched.

"To enable us to reopen, recover and rebuild our economy, we need to ensure that we keep people in employment, and to do that we’ll need workplaces to reopen, customers to return and companies to get back on their feet." she said.

"Some sectors, like hospitality and aerospace, will need more time and space for them to bounce back," she said.

"It is essential that the UK Government extends the Job Retention Scheme".

Mrs Dodds added: "Businesses right across Northern Ireland need assurance and certainty to enable them to plan for their future".

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe now to get full access

Northern Ireland news