Ruth Cadbury MP has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to urge the Government to extend the furlough scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) for the hardest hit sectors of our economy. Currently the furlough scheme is set to end on the 31st October.
In her letter Ruth highlighted how many local residents in Hounslow would be impacted by a spike in job losses, especially due to the large role that aviation, tourism and creative sector play in the local economy.
Speaking in full Ruth said,
‘‘In the last week I’ve heard from so many local residents who are rightly worried and anxious about the ending of the furlough program in October. Those contacting me work across a wide range of areas; the arts, the aviation sector, hospitality, live events and many others. The one common theme is that they face the prospect of losing their job if the furlough is not extended.
Here in Hounslow our economy and our local community is particularly reliant on jobs in the sectors which have been hit hardest.
On top of that many people locally have been excluded from these support schemes because of how they earn their income, such as through a limited company or through short term contracts.
Without the Government taking action and extending the furlough and SEISS we could see even greater levels of unemployment locally. With so many families already struggling to pay the bills I worry that this will see poverty skyrocket- especially for children too.
That’s why the Chancellor needs to listen to those businesses and employees calling for an extension and extend the furlough & SEISS for the hardest hit sectors.’’