Budget to give £20bn extension to UK Covid-19 support until September

Rishi Sunak will use Wednesday’s Budget to extend a vast package of Covid-19 support until the end of September, in a plan which he hopes will nurse Britain back to economic health by the autumn.

The furlough scheme, due to end in April, will run in its current form until the end of June, by which point the government hopes to have lifted any remaining coronavirus restrictions.

But Sunak wants to avoid a jobs cliff-edge by withdrawing the furlough scheme too quickly; it will...