Following the prime minister’s announcement to put further restrictions in place, Boris Johnson was questioned on how not extending the furlough scheme would affect people with disabilities.
As part of the section of the news conference which calls on questions from members of the public, Jamie from Ayrshire said he worked in a day centre for people with learning disabilities so it cannot be reopened.
He asked if the furlough scheme would be extended for people in his situation.
In response, Johnson said the government is “going to continue to do everything we possibly can to support those” in his position.
The PM went on to say the “difficulties with furlough … is that you are just keeping people in suspended animation when we want people to get back to work when they can in a Covid secure way.”
Following this, Johnson did confirm he would look at his situation and find out why day centres can’t reopen.