Budget: Crushed hopes for small businesses

Christine Jardine MP, Treasury Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, reacted to the budget: “Small businesses across the country remain on the brink, while millions of workers remain excluded from Government support altogether. "Small businesses were looking to the Chancellor to give them a lifeline - something to give them hope of getting through the next … Continue reading Budget: Crushed hopes for small businesses

Furlough for SMEs – a proposal for revenue-lost scheme for small businesses

Liberal Democrats propose a revenue-lost scheme for small businesses Compensating businesses for lost revenue due to the pandemic has already proved successful in Germany and has been backed by the FSB. The Liberal Democrats now call on the Chancellor to adopt this vital bailout before we lose more small businesses from our communities. This bold … Continue reading Furlough for SMEs – a proposal for revenue-lost scheme for small businesses

Furlough extension: Compensate rent for small businesses on the brink

Christine Jardine MP, Treasury Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats, responded to the Government reportedly planning to extend the furlough jobs scheme until September. The Liberal Democrats are proposing a German style revenue loss scheme to compensate small businesses for fixed costs incurred during the pandemic.* Christine Jardine MP, called on the Government to go much … Continue reading Furlough extension: Compensate rent for small businesses on the brink

Exams: Williamson has failed to show leadership

  Responding to the announcement that A level and GCSE results are to be decided by teachers, Daisy Cooper MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education, commented: "Parents, teachers and pupils have been left in limbo for months because the Government has dithered and delayed about how to carry out assessments this year. Liberal Democrats led … Continue reading Exams: Williamson has failed to show leadership

Ed Davey welcomes people with learning disabilities being invited for Covid vaccines

  Today, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey welcomes the news that all people with learning disabilities will be invited for Covid vaccines.   Ed asked the Prime Minister about the issue in the House of Commons on Monday, and has previously written to the Prime Minister urging him to prioritise people with learning … Continue reading Ed Davey welcomes people with learning disabilities being invited for Covid vaccines

Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Responding to new ONS unemployment figures, showing the unemployment rate has risen to 5.1%, Liberal Democrats Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP said: "Behind each number in today's statistic is a family worrying how they will pay their bills, and hoping that next week the Chancellor will offer a big, bold innovative plan that will help … Continue reading Unemployment: Refusal to extend furlough cost thousands of jobs

Secretive fund not the answer to UK’s R&D strategy

    Responding to the launch of the UK's new "high risk" science agency Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:   “Liberal Democrats have long called on the Government to invest in new technologies that will create future jobs – but a secretive fund spending taxpayer money with next to no oversight isn’t … Continue reading Secretive fund not the answer to UK’s R&D strategy

Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers

  Responding to new figures which show that UK Government borrowing was at its highest levels in January since records began, Christine Jardine MP, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson said: “These record borrowing figures demonstrate clearly the scale of the challenge posed by COVID-19, but they must not be seen as an excuse for cutting support … Continue reading Govt borrowing: Chancellor needs to put people before the numbers