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22 September 2020 - Employment and COVID-19 - Oral evidence

Committee Economic Affairs Committee
Inquiry Employment and COVID-19

Tuesday 22 September 2020

Start times: 3:00pm (private) 3:00pm (public)

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UK Retail sector to discuss job losses and Covid-19 support measures   

Committee to take oral evidence on the Government’s loan schemes and the effects of Covid-19 policies on the UK retail sector. The Committee will hear from TheCityUK, the British Retail Consortium, the British Chambers of Commerce, amongst others.

Meeting details

At 3:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Employment and COVID-19
Co-Executive Director at British Chamber of Commerce
Research Director at Business Growth Fund
Chief Operating Officer at TheCityUK
At 4:00pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry Employment and COVID-19
Director (Business and Regulation) at British Retail Consortium
Director at Centre for Retail Research
Deputy Head of Research and Economics at Usdaw

Likely questions

  • Which of the COVID-19 loan schemes have been the most effective, and why?
  • Are strategic approaches by Government – such as the proposals for ‘Project Birch’ and ‘Project Defend’ – an effective way to target investment and support?
  • What is the rationale for a state-owned entity – such as the proposed UK Recovery Corporation – recapitalising bad loans?
  • What policies can be put in place to pivot from financing support to economic recovery and growth?
  • What examples of policy from other countries should the Government consider that would support the retail sector?
  • How has the pandemic affected the commercial property landscape across the retail sector?
  • What are the long-term challenges and opportunities facing city centres and high streets if flexible working arrangements become a permanent feature for large proportions of the workforce?
  • What further steps need to be taken for key retail workers to be better protected amidst a reported rise in the pressures staff are facing in the workplace?


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