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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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Julian leads MPs in lobbying Prime Minister on drug-resistant infection and pandemic planning

Julian leads MPs in lobbying Prime Minister on drug-resistant infection and pandemic planning

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Julian writes to Chancellor to request urgent clarification on furlough scheme on behalf of York hospitality and tourism businesses

May 15, 2020

Julian has today written to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to ask for urgent clarification on the planned extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of October. 

In his letter, Julian urged the Government to take a sector-by-sector approach, stating that some sectors should be encouraged to return to work safely as soon as possible, whilst others, including York’s large hospitality and tourism sector, will require full Government support for a significant period. 

Businesses are still left wondering whether they will be able to move furloughed employees onto the part-time scheme as soon as the retail and hospitality sectors start to reopen at the beginning of June and July respectively. The Government has also yet to confirm whether the part-time scheme will replace the full furlough scheme when it is introduced at the end of July or whether it will operate alongside it. 

Commenting on the Chancellor’s announcement, Julian said:

“The Government should be praised for the effectiveness of the Job Retention Scheme, which has so far given a degree of security to many thousands of employees during these difficult times. There is a growing feeling however that the current measures need to be fine tuned as we emerge from lockdown. 

I was pleased to hear the Chancellor announce the new part-time scheme this week, which will help to support York’s retail, tourism and hospitality sectors until at least the end of October. Many businesses will need this scheme to be in place as soon as they reopen in June and July. Others will need the protection of the full scheme until well into the autumn. I would encourage the Government to provide this flexibility, whilst urging businesses that can safely return to work to do so in order to ease the burden on the public purse”.