The UK government has stepped up its efforts to involve business leaders in policymaking, as officials look at how to stimulate the economy amid the coronavirus crisis.
With the pandemic and lockdown battering UK firms and warnings of the steepest recession in decades, ministers have asked business chiefs to help shape recovery planning.
The government announced on Monday it will hold the first of a series of “recovery roundtables” including officials, business leaders and academics. Their remit will be to consider how to support recovery and ensure the “right skills and opportunities are in place for our workforce over the next 18 months.”
Analysts increasingly expect recovery to be weak with demand subdued and social distancing curbing activity. Some expect the tapering off of government support as lockdown restrictions ease to spark job losses among workers currently protected through employment schemes.
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