The majority of respondents to TTG’s snap poll on the furlough scheme believe the extension to the end of March will not help save travel businesses.
Of 82 TTG reader respondents to the question "Do you think the extension to the furlough scheme will help save travel businesses?", 43% selected "No, there are bigger problems than just staff salaries".
That said, 35% were more optimistic, selecting: "Yes, it will mean firms are better-positioned to make it through winter".
Meanwhile, 22% of respondents replied: "Maybe, but many firms made decisions on redundancies based on furlough ending in October".
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the extension yesterday (5 November - the first day of lockdown), confirming furloughed employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to £2,500 a month.
However the travel industry has long been calling for sector-specific support.
TTG delivered its #SaveTravel letter outlining demands for the sector - addressed to Sunak and transport secretary Grant Shapps - on 1 September, but is yet to receive a response.
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