The Labour Party is warning that more than a million jobs across the hospitality industry could be lost if government economic support is not extended.
The shadow minister for business and consumers, Lucy Powell stated the labour line clearly in saying: “Business owners want to protect their livelihoods and those of their employees, but they can’t plan in the dark and they’re crying out for certainty from the government on business rates, VAT and the furlough scheme.
Addressing government directly Powell added: “They need to back our businesses and support jobs as the vaccine is rolled out, to secure our economy and get Britain back on the road to recovery.”
Labour said the furlough scheme is approaching a “cliff edge” in April and should be extended, as well as reformed to include new training incentives to help workers improve their skills.
The party also called for the reduced rate of VAT for the hospitality, leisure and cultural sectors to continue for another six months, or until three months after the lifting of health restrictions – whichever is later.
Lucy Powell in a recent parliamentary debate also delivered a powerful call for a Minister for Hospitality. Thank you
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