Business and civic leaders in Birmingham have written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to ask for more support for companies in the city.
The letter adds to a lengthy list of requests outlined last month before a national lockdown for England had been confirmed and which starts today.
This latest letter has been signed by representatives from Birmingham City Council, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and MPs among others.
The additional support measures being requested include support for the hardest hit sectors including hospitality, visitor economy and live events, enhancement of Self-Employed Income Support Scheme and wider approaches to reducing pressures on businesses such as tax credits and further VAT reductions.
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City council leader Ian Ward said: “Following consultation with local businesses and key stakeholders, it is clear that further support is required to help Birmingham businesses survive over the winter months and be in a more position to run when restrictions ease.
“This is vital if we are to protect jobs, livelihoods and communities.
“We are keen to make sure we are doing everything we can to support businesses with the needed support from government to prepare for winter.”
Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, added: “It is clear things are going to get worse on covid-19 before they get better.
“In these difficult times, it is vital we pull together across sectors and parties to support our local business community and the people they employ.
“We are pleased to be again working with regional partners on escalating some of the key concerns and asks.
“We have put down a marker on the key areas that need addressing.
“We will continue to call for urgent action from Government while also working regionally, with Birmingham City Council and others, to connect businesses to support, maximise every opportunity and keep business moving through COVID-19 and beyond.”
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