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Liz calls for more government support during local lockdown

Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Business and Industry, has confirmed to me that “there are no plans for changing the scope or extend any of the schemes currently available” for businesses and employees as a result of the Leicester local lockdown.

This is totally unacceptable. We have no idea when we are going to come out of this lockdown, but the Government has now confirmed there will be no extra financial help for our city. No extended support for employees on furlough, even if we are still in complete lockdown when the Government starts withdrawing the scheme. No extra money for businesses who are already struggling and at their wits end, forced to close their doors again or delay opening at all. And no extra support for the city council despite all the extra work they are doing to protect vulnerable people who are shielding, keep the homeless off the streets, and get food to people who can’t even afford to eat.

People in Leicester have already made huge sacrifices, and are going the extra mile to stay home once more, so we can get on top of this awful virus. They deserve better than a Government who just seems willing to leave people to fend for themselves.

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