A letter sent to the chancellor by UKHospitality, the leading industry body for the hospitality industry, has said additional financial support is “absolutely vital” to ensure hospitality businesses survive a bleak winter.
In a recent report, the new tougher Covid restrictions and the Three Tier system recently introduced by the government, have come under fire from UKHospitality - the leading hospitality trade association in the UK.
The association reports that there needs to be more focus on the sectors, regions and individuals that will bear a disproportionate share of the burden as well as millions of employers and workers in pubs, bars and restaurants, that the new rules will affect.
Thousands of pubs, restaurants may face closure in the coming months, unless targeted additional support is introduced.
The industry body warned on Monday that 600,000 jobs in the sector could be lost by February and suggested a form of the jobs retention bonus should be reinstated and the business rates holiday extended into 2022.
The predicament of excluded self-employed workers who have fallen through the cracks of government support schemes also needs to be urgently acknowledged and acted upon.
ExcludedUK is a non profit grassroots NGO founded to provide a platform for those denied fair and adequate financial support from the Governments COVID-19 Support schemes since the pandemic began in March. With a community of over 60,000 members across all industries, age groups and regions, we estimate that three million UK tax payers have been excluded from the same support as others, which has lead to thousands of people losing their livelihoods, careers, and homes, and sadly, for some, their lives.
ExcludedUK has been fundraising to provide urgent help and support for those affected in the forms of business and career advice, debt support and 121 counselling sessions within 48 hours. Please find more information on our website www.excludeduk.org.