Commenting on Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s economy update, Doncaster Chamber CEO Dan Fell said: “The extension of the furlough scheme will be welcomed by businesses that have been urging Government to provide longer-term clarity on the support available to them.

“Meeting costs is, however, only part of the problem for businesses that urgently need to drive income also.  The extension of furlough must not make it a fait accompli that the UK is now in for a lengthy lockdown and every effort must be made nationally and locally to re-open economies and to allow businesses to safely and profitably trade.

“Finally, whilst some additional measure have been announced to support the self-employed, this could go further.  Similarly, an unresolved issue is the lack of support available to directors of limited companies, I would therefore urge the Chancellor to urgently produce a plan to help those businesspeople that, thus far, have not been eligible for support.”