The Treasury will pay the wages of hundreds of workers building the £22.5bn Hinkley Point C nuclear power station as developer EDF and its contractors slash costs. Work is under way to furlough workers onto the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where the Government will pay 80pc of their wages until the crisis recedes and they can return to work. French state-owned EDF said last week it was halving numbers at Hinkley, in Somerset, to around 2,000, to try and maintain social distancing. While some of those taken off site are continuing to work in back office roles, the burden of paying wages for hundreds of them will be transferred to the state.
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