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Rishi Sunak's help for businesses is like a 'Tic Tac in a wheelie bin'
9 July 2020, 15:29
James O'Brien's listener had a perfect turn of phrase for Rishi Sunak's attempt to help businesses - "it's like a Tic Tac in a wheelie bin".
The Chancellor announced a series of measures in his summer statement to get businesses back on their feet, including £1,000 per worker for every furloughed employee brought back.
But one listener described the policies in the most stark of terms.
Texting into the show, it said: "The reality of this is that to keep an employee who is on the national minimum wage - not the living wage - of £8.72 for a young adult for an extra five months will cost myself £6,976 based on a 40-hour week.
"So £1,000 really is a Tic Tac in a wheelie bin."
James really admired the email: "You, my friend, have a lovely turn of phrase.
"I'm going to use that to replace 'it barely touches the sides'."
Hear the full clip at the top of the page.