Monday 14 June 2021
Responding to the Prime Minister confirming a delay to the next stage of COVID-19 restrictions easing, Richard Burge, Chief Executive of London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said:
“If the data says that a delay in further restriction easing protects the health of their staff and customers, then, as they have done all pandemic, businesses will play their part. But the government must ensure that businesses directly and indirectly impacted by this delay are sufficiently supported.
“Businesses that cannot open their doors, or those in quiet city centre areas like the City of London that were banking on a return of commuters from June 21, should not have to now pay increased furlough contribution. Nor is it the right time for the business rates holiday to end. Plus many of these directly and indirectly impacted businesses, and those who are self-employed in impacted sectors, will also require further financial support.
“In London these issues are further exacerbated by the curtailment of international business travel. The government must use this delay period to ensure that we finally have a border system in place that allows for sustainable economic recovery. Otherwise we will not capitalise upon the success of the NHS vaccination programme.”