Metro Mayors Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, and Liverpool businesses discuss impact of COVID-19 restrictions on regional economy
On 27 October 2020 at 3pm, the Economic Affairs Committee holds its seventh evidence session on the Employment and COVID-19 inquiry. The first panel focuses on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region, whilst the second panel focuses on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on hospitality, leisure and education providers in Liverpool.
- During the negotiations with the Government, were you able to measure the economic effects and impacts on employment from Tier 3 restrictions?
- What will the extra support packages be used for in Manchester and Liverpool?
- Why has the Government been so reluctant to introduce targeted support measures until last week? Did the negotiations reveal a level of policy complexity that inhibited such an approach?
- How has the crisis exacerbated regional inequality across the UK, and inequalities within Greater Manchester and Liverpool?
- Do local authorities (or the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Liverpool City Region) have the right powers to protect and create jobs?
- How have Tier 3 restrictions affected your business, and level of demand for your services? What effect has this had on the people you employ?
- How has the way the Government announced new restrictions, and economic support packages, affected your ability to plan?
- Have you had a chance to consider the measures announced by the Chancellor last week and the impact on your organisations?
- How important is the Government’s longer-term ‘levelling up’ agenda to your businesses and the region?
- What action or type of support from Government would make the most difference in protecting your business and the jobs of those that you employ?