Scott Benton has asked Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, The Chancellor of the Exchequer, what extra support can be given to the resort’s small businesses including the many small hotels who cannot survive on local bookings alone.
Scott Benton said:
“The imposition of Tier 3 restrictions in Lancashire will inevitably mean that many people and businesses in Blackpool South will be significantly worse off.
“Additional business grants, the extended Job Support Scheme, and the £30 million package of support for Lancashire are all welcome, but there will still be many businesses who cannot access support.”
“Hundreds of hotels in my constituency stand to lose thousands of pounds in lost bookings.”
“They cannot survive on local bookings alone but because they have not been mandated to close, they will not be entitled to the Chancellor’s package of support.”
Scott Benton asked if the Chancellor can take immediate steps to ensure that businesses such as small hotels, which are completely unviable on Tier 3 restrictions, can access grants and the extended Job Support Scheme?
The Chancellor replied that the money provided to Lancashire and other councils for overall business support can be used in exactly that way, and that the enhanced generous Job Support Scheme announced today will make it easy and affordable for those businesses to protect as many jobs as possible.