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As we sit here today, nearly 5 months on from going into lockdown, it is easy to underestimate the sheer size and scale of the unprecedented measures put in place by the government to support businesses, large and small, and shield them from the worst impact of the COVID-19 lockdown. Widely praised, the furlough scheme alone could cost £69 billion by the time it comes to an end. To put that into context, it is estimated the amount spent on bailing out the banks in 2009 was around £137 billion and most of this has now been repaid. Furlough costs won’t be.

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