Question to the HM Treasury:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to continue the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the (a) hospitality and (b) leisure sectors while covid-19 social distancing measures affect businesses in those sectors.
The CJRS will close at the end of October, after eight months.
It is the case that some firms will be affected by coronavirus for longer than others, and the Government will seek to support these firms appropriately.
It would be challenging to target the CJRS to specific sectors in a fair and deliverable way, and that may not be the most effective or sensible way to provide longer term support for those sectors most affected by coronavirus.
The Government will continue to engage with businesses and representative groups, with the aim of ensuring that support provided is right for these sectors and for the economy as a whole.