Sadiq Khan branded a ‘waste of time’ by Pimlico Plumbers boss in clash over furlough

Sadiq Khan is 'detrimental to UK businesses' says Mullins

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Pimlico Plumbers founder Charlie Mullins has slammed calls from Sadiq Khan for the UK furlough scheme to be extended into the summer. Last week, the Mayor of London called for the policy to remain in place to avoid a “cliff-edge” for millions of Britons who have been supported throughout the pandemic. However, Mr Mullins is one of a number of voices, including economists, who have called for the furlough cash to be scaled back as the country starts to return to normal.

The outspoken businessman told Express.co.uk: “I don’t listen to anything the mayors says because I think he is a waste of time.

“He is so detrimental to businesses, I mean look if it has got to be extended we have got to look after the people who need it.

“But I think it is being abused I think it is being milked.

“We should really be concentrating now on getting the jabs done and getting the economy moving again.”

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“Personally I think they should cut it down, but the amount down that they are paying people,” continued Mr Mullins.

“Only extend it like last time just for a minimum period.

“The longer people are on that the harder it is going to be to get off of it.

“I don’t think a lot of people realise, a lot of these people who are on it and want to be on it aren’t going to have a job to go back to.”

Sadiq Khan calls for the government to extend furlough scheme

He added: “We should face the situation sooner rather than later and if they are not going to be able to get back to work or that jobs no longer there,

“Then we need to start spending all the money we are giving them for staying at home on trying to retrain people and getting them into the workplace.

“I think it will be near enough a year off the top of my head, well of they extend it will be a year, and a year is a long time to sit at home and pay people to do that.

Government borrowing jumped to £8.8billion last month, the ­highest January rate since 1993. But it was lower than the £25billion predicted by economists.

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Mr Sunak is likely to keep crucial financial support in place during the lockdown but scale back the cash as the country starts to return to normal.

But the scheme will continue to support and protect millions of jobs through the summer months.

Government sources said the Chancellor has been clear that “protecting and supporting people through the acute phase of the ­crisis is his number one priority”.

More than £280billion has been pumped into the economy so far, including cash to protect jobs and businesses as well as extra funding for public services.

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