South Cambridgeshire MP Anthony Browne MP has welcomed the Plan for Jobs set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Wednesday (8 July), saying will do so much to promote jobs and growth across South Cambridgeshire and the country.
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has said it will do whatever it takes to protect people and businesses from the immediate economic crisis.
As part of this, more than 11,200 jobs have been supported through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, allowing employers to put workers on furlough while the Government supports their wages, in South Cambridgeshire.
“It’s bold, it’s imaginative, it’s well targeted” - Anthony Browne MP
Employers will be encouraged to retain staff who have been on the furlough scheme, with the Government paying a one-off bonus of £1,000 for every employee who was furloughed and who is kept on until January.
Also included in the Government’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs:
• A temporary cut in VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors, to give a much-needed boost to some of the industries hardest hit by coronavirus.
• A new Eat Out to Help Out Scheme, giving people up to 50 per cent off meals out at restaurants, pubs and cafes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in August.
• The temporary removal of stamp duty on all homes under £500,000 until the end of March 2021, to catalyse the housing market.
• A new Kickstart Scheme, which will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully-subsidised jobs for young people.
Mr Browne has been working as part of the Treasury Select Committee throughout the pandemic to scrutinise Treasury decisions, consistently calling for the Government to monitor all schemes and update as required, and welcomed today’s announcement during questions to the Chancellor in the House of Commons.
Speaking in the House of Commons Chamber today, Mr Browne said:
“It’s bold, it’s imaginative, it’s well targeted. I’d like to congratulate my Rt. Hon. Friend the Chancellor on this package, which will do so much to promote jobs and growth across the country. I very much welcome the cut in VAT and Stamp Duty, but most welcome of all is the Kickstarter scheme which brings hope to young people in these difficult times.”
He later added: “Throughout the coronavirus crisis, the Conservative Government has stood squarely behind people and businesses with one of the largest and most comprehensive packages of support anywhere in the world.
“As we turn our attention to carefully reopening our economy, it is right that the Chancellor is doing everything in his power to support, protect and create jobs. Our plan will be a lifeline for countless people and businesses across South Cambridgeshire.
“By levelling up the whole country, we will give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, create jobs in every region and ensure young people have the opportunity of a better start.”