The Government’s support for the North East business community has been criticised at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the North East England Chamber of Commerce.
James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the Chamber, laid bare the frustration of members who have been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and expressed disappointment with the Government’s performance in recent months. Speaking yesterday (August 6), he said: “Government’s actions have been woeful on a number of levels. One of my main concerns has been communication. This has been exceedingly poor, both in the manner of the message delivery and the appalling lack of clarity.
“The level of support available has also fallen short of levels needed. The Chancellor spent £30Bn in his Summer Statement but achieved very little. The support measures should have been extended to the so-called “excluded” such as the self-employed operating as limited companies and those who took up new jobs in February/March but were not eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
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ExcludedUK is a newly formed non-profit NGO and serves as a collective platform for those entirely or largely excluded from the UK Government's Covid-19 financial support measures. We are a rapidly growing organisation and an inclusive community, representing a broad spectrum of individuals and businesses, but all sharing one common thread: we are excluded.As an organisation we will play a crucial role in facilitating support and assistance on multiple levels, both for now and into the future.
Our aim is to build a stronger platform, raise awareness, lobby for support, raise funds for legal challenges and help enable the changes that are needed for those excluded.Most importantly, our hope is that our efforts can help propel affected individuals and businesses forward in the face of adversity resulting from Covid-19 and being excluded from Government support, while equally ensuring we are all able to help each other emerge from this crisis.