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VAT cut for hospitality and tourism is welcome but rescue package still urgently needed to save jobs - MP

July 8, 2020 4:54 PM

Reacting to the Chancellor's announcements on hospitality and tourism, South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: "These proposals, particularly the big cut in VAT, are really welcome, and show that the Chancellor has been listening to our case for further support for one of the hardest hit sectors.

"Sadly, however, the measures do not go far enough to form a proper rescue package that is desperately required to save many local jobs and businesses.

"Extended grants for businesses and wage support is needed to help the industry make it through Winter, and I will continue to campaign alongside Cumbria Tourism for that.

"It was also disappointing to see nothing in this statement for all those people, such as recently self-employed people and directors of small limited companies, who have missed out on any Government support during this crisis."