As well as bringing in more funding to protect jobs I have been lobbying Government, privately and publicly, for support for key industries and those most affected. I have successfully lobbied Chancellor Rishi Sunak to change policy and provide additional support for jobs for those affected by Tier 2 restrictions.
The changes I helped secure included: a more generous Job Support Scheme – providing more Government funding to protect jobs, and additional backdated grants for affected businesses.
“Andy has rightly put on the agenda the situation of businesses...” “Mayor, Andy Street, has been vocal, and rightly so, in highlighting the particular impact of the tier 2 restrictions on the hospitality industry. That helped our decision to act today, with speed and scale, to provide support to those businesses...”
Rt. Hon. Rishi Sunak MP,
Chancellor of the Exchequer
House of Commons | 20th October 2020
Standing up for our region's businesses is something that I will continue to do throughout the pandemic and the region's subsequent recovery.