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By Finlay Greig
Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 11:57 am

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Coronavirus live blog, May 12

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Government furlough scheme 'can't be reduced'

Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner has said the furlough scheme "needs to continue, it can't be reduced".

Told that the scheme is estimated to be costing £14 billion a month, equivalent to the monthly NHS England budget, Ms Rayner said the economy could not recover if people were forced back to work too soon.

Asked how long it should continue, she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "As long as we need it."

Ms Rayner added: "I think it is really important the Chancellor continues with the good practice of making sure that furlough scheme is in place and doesn't try and reduce it too soon, because that will cost us in the longer term.

"Many families wouldn't be able to survive right now if it wasn't for things like the furlough scheme, it is absolutely right the Government has stepped in but they can't now pull the rug from underneath people's feet - they have to continue to support people throughout this crisis.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Sky News: "We have said that shouldn't be a cliff-edge in the furlough scheme, but at the same time, we do need to try to get the economy back to something more like normal."

Ryanair looking to restore "40% of normal flight schedules"

Budget airline Ryanair has said it is looking to restore 40% of its normal flight schedule from 1 July.

Like most things at the moment, those plans are subject to change, and the airline said changes will be reliant on “Government restrictions on intra-EU flights being lifted, and effective public health measures being put in place at airports.”

The airline said: “Ryanair, Europe's largest low fares airline, today announced plans to return to 40% of normal flight schedules from Wednesday 1 July 2020,

"Ryanair will operate a daily flight schedule of almost 1,000 flights, restoring 90% of its pre-Covid-19 route network."

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