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

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

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

“No more games of wait and see with people’s lives” – Lib Dems on Resolution report

Last night's publication of the Resolution Foundation report* revealed that almost two million workers have not worked for at least six months of the Covid crisis. Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine MP responded, saying:  "These figures show exactly why the Government needs to act decisively and the budget will tell us if they have … Continue reading “No more games of wait and see with people’s lives” – Lib Dems on Resolution report

Furlough must remain place until June 2021

From Liberal Democrat HQ Press Office: Responding to the reports that the Chancellor is set to extend the furlough scheme until March 2021, Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:"This is yet another example of the Government's incompetence and indecision delaying the action the country needs."It was clear to everyone that the furlough scheme needed … Continue reading Furlough must remain place until June 2021

Economic support plans made “on the hoof” are failing millions

The Liberal Democrats have accused the Chancellor of "making up plans on the hoof" when it comes to financial support for businesses and workers impacted by COVID-19 following the Chancellor's statement in the House of Commons yesterday.  Ed Davey, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: Yet again the Chancellor is taken by surprise by events unfolding exactly as … Continue reading Economic support plans made “on the hoof” are failing millions

Lib Dems: PM must get a grip of coronavirus spread in the North

Today, Liberal Democrats from across the North of England, including four council leaders, Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron, and Liberal Democrat Leader in the Lords Dick Newby (Rothwell, West Yorkshire), have written to the Prime Minister stating that the North has been "overlooked by a London-centric government".The letter, full text below, calls for a raft measures … Continue reading Lib Dems: PM must get a grip of coronavirus spread in the North

Slow growth reinforces need for furlough extension

The Liberal Democrats are calling on the Government to extend furlough as figures last week revealed that growth in August was even slower than June and July. Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesperson Christine Jardine said:“These figures make it clear that despite the massive effort people have made to fight this virus and its economic implications, the … Continue reading Slow growth reinforces need for furlough extension