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Furlough numbers rise in January

The number of people on furlough rose by 700,000 in January after tighter lockdown restrictions were imposed.
Treasury figures show a total of 4.7 million people were on the government scheme at the end of the month.
The hospitality sector, one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis, furloughed 1.15 million people in January - an increase of 3%.
But the middle of February a total of £53.8bn had been claimed since the furlough scheme began last year.
The furlough data means that 16% of eligible workers were on the support scheme at the end of January.
In total, 11.2 million employees across the UK have been given furlough cash. The scheme pays up to 80% of salaries to those who cannot work because of Covid-19 restrictions.
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