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Think tank calls for more targeted support for businesses

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The Centre for London has welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement about a new emergency jobs scheme saying it "will be a lifeline to many London businesses".

However, the Think Tank added that it still "may not be enough to make up for the precipitous fall in demand that some have experienced".

The new scheme will see the government and firms continue to top up the wages of workers who have not been able to return to the workplace full time due to the virus.

Deputy Director Richard Brown said "more support" was required "targeted at the sectors that are struggling most... not to sustain zombie jobs, but to allow the city to be re-animated once the crisis abates".

“Coronavirus has shone a light on London's two track economy. While many professional workers have been able to switch to home working, the capital's hospitality, retail and cultural sectors are struggling, particularly in the city centre," he added.

Severe disruption: A301 London northbound

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A301 London northbound severe disruption, from Waterloo Bridge to Kingsway.

A301 London - A301 Strand Underpass in Covent Garden closed one way street from the Waterloo Bridge junction to the Kingsway junction, because of technical problem.

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