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Great Britain: a coronavirus themed budget
Planet Labor, 12 March 2020, n°11714 - www.planetlabor.com

As expected, Covid-19 was the main focus for the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s first budget that he presented to parliament on 11 March. In it £30 billion (€34.1 billion) will be used to bolster the UK as it attempts to withstand what the WHO has now termed a pandemic situation. Trade unions however were critical of the lack of concrete support for independent and gig economy workers who may have to enter quarantine. The budget also intends for leave for premature births (Neonatal Leave and Pay) and an increase in the minimum salary level.

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