Partner: Astonishing scale of UK job losses revealed as Covid-19 pandemic batters economy

The scale of the jobs crisis hitting the UK in the wake of the pandemic has been laid bare in new figures.

Almost 1,800 firms have announced they’re making 20 people or more redundant, potentially fuelling generational levels of unemployment.

According to data obtained by the BBC via Freedom of Information requests, 1,778 companies informed the Insolvency Service of their intention to cut more than 139,000 jobs in England, Scotland and Wales.

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