Furlough alert: 1 in 3 over 50s on scheme as state pension 'safety net' out of reach

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Stuart Lewis, Founder of Rest Less, has warned the Government of the potentially dire consequences the country will face if there is a lack of intervention.

Mr Lewis said: “The country is reopening, and the total number of people on furlough is falling quickly – by three million since the beginning of the year. However, the recovery is clearly not working for everyone, with more than 630,000 people aged over 50 still on furlough and waiting to find out if they have a job to go back to.

“This is in addition to the 568,000 over 50s claiming job seeking or out of work benefits. When the furlough scheme draws to a close next month, we’re expecting it to be accompanied by a fresh wave of redundancies and another spike in unemployment levels – delivering another blow to workers in their 50s and 60s.

“Faced with significant age discrimination in the recruitment proceess, and no Government equivalent to the Kickstart scheme for older workers – the implications of redundancy for workers in their late 50s or early 60s can be significant.”

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