Covid 19: Darren Jones, Business Committee Chair comments on Government’s measures to support workers & businesses
25 September 2020
Darren Jones, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, has commented today on support for business and workers, following the publication today of recent correspondence from Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and in the wake of the package of measures announced by the Chancellor yesterday.
- Correspondence from Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, energy and Industrial Strategy
- Inquiry: The impact of Coronavirus on businesses and workers
- Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee
Darren Jones, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee said:
“The package of measures announced by the Chancellor yesterday is welcome. The job support scheme, the measures on VAT, on loans, and the other help to businesses with cashflow are a step in the right direction. However, this must not be the end of the story. As a country we face the chilling prospect of severe job losses as business restrictions continue to bite. Given the devastating impact which long-term unemployment has on individuals, on communities, and on the wider economy, I hope the Government will come forward with its plans to help individuals to move into new employment, by acting on skills & training and looking at the further stimulus which will be necessary to help businesses create new jobs in the future”.
The correspondence from Secretary of State Alok Sharma, responded to a previous letter from Darren Jones, BEIS Chair, in July which highlighted a number of issues, including gaps in support for workers, consumer protection, treatment of pregnant workers, and late payments and the impact on small businesses.
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