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UK coronavirus live: 649,000 people lose their jobs during lockdown






Michael Gove has confirmed that up to five sites in Kent will be used as Brexit border facilities as the government confirms purchase of the vast Kent site for customs clearance and a lorry park.

Just days after the Cabinet Office minister said it was not the intent to use it as a lorry park, the Department for Transport has written to residents in Ashford to confirm the move, first revealed by the Guardian on Friday.

Local MP Damian Green, a former close ally of Theresa May, criticised the move on Monday as “wrong headed” attacking the lack of consultation on a scheme that would affect those who were buying new houses next to the site and the local hospital.

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The UK’s largest arts complex, the Southbank Centre, has confirmed 400 jobs are at risk as it enters into talks with staff in an attempt to reduce losses caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

A spokesperson confirmed the news after workers were told about the cuts on Wednesday, which could lead to two-thirds of its staff being made redundant.

It joins several other British arts institutions in confirming job losses, including the National Theatre, which announced it would shed 400 casual staff, including its entire front-of-house team.

The recently announced £1.57bn arts recovery package has not stemmed the tide of redundancies affecting many venues.

Last week the Birmingham Rep said it may make 40% of roles redundant, and on Wednesday, the union Bectu said there was an urgent need for a timeframe for how the cultural recovery package would be distributed.





Around one in three companies plan to lay off staff over next three months, report warns

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Mayor of Leicester ‘angry and frustrated’ at government’s handling of avoidable ‘blanket’ local lockdown

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649,000 fewer people employed in June compared with March, when UK went into lockdown, ONS figures suggest

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