Professor Chris Warhurst, Director of the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, comments:-
"While these changes are welcome - they will support businesses in Tier 2 and offer more support for the self-employed - practically, there are questions about whether it is too late to support many of the business in Tier 2 who will by now have had to make decisions about laying staff off; and whether enough of the self-employed are covered and covered to a level that they don't feel badly done to compared to employees.
"Overall it looks like a panic measure in the face of the northern backlash and now London moving in to Tier 2, and raises again the bigger question of a lack of strategic approach to dealing with the economic crisis.
"It is still more about dousing the fires than thinking about how to rebuild the damaged house."
23 October 2020
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