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Executives announce a £ 40 million emergency package for the troubled hospitality sector in the Liverpool area


Liverpool political leaders announce an emergency aid package worth £ 40 million for struggling pubs, bars and restaurants in the area

  • Council presidents from Liverpool and the surrounding area sought funding
  • They call on the government to provide more financial support in the long term
  • It comes as a region hit by tougher coronavirus restrictions last week as cases increase

Liverpool area political leaders have announced £ 40million emergency funding for pubs, bars and restaurants struggling under the recent Covid restrictions.

Council presidents from Liverpool, Wirral, St Helen, Sefton, Halton and Knowsley, who make up the Liverpool Region Combined Authority, urged companies to postpone decisions about jobs and closings as they struggled to find funding to help them to help.

The sector reportedly brings an estimated £ 5 billion to the region and supports more than 50,000 jobs in 4,000 companies.

Last week, the Minister of Health announced stricter restrictions on parts of northern England, including Liverpool, which means people from different households will be banned from meeting inside, including pubs, bars and restaurants.

The combined agency announced today that it has put together the £ 40m care package for the industries hardest hit by the region's recent Covid restrictions, according to Liverpool Echo.

The Liverpool area council presidents have announced £ 40million emergency funding for the region's hospitality sector to weather recent restrictions last week

In a joint statement speaking directly to companies in the industry, the region's heads of state and government said: “The new Covid-19 restrictions will make the already dangerous situation for our economy even tougher than it already is.

& # 39; As leaders of the Liverpool City Region, we all understand why further restrictions may be needed to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the communities we represent.

“But we also know that they will hit our economy and, in particular, our important hospitality and leisure sector, on which more than 50,000 jobs in our region depend, a hammer blow.

“We want to send a message to these companies that we understand the pain you are going through, your struggle for survival, and that we are by your side.

“We made it clear to the government that new restrictions must come with a full package of financial assistance to our economy, and that this is especially urgent for companies in your sector, many of which have already reached the breaking point.

“We promise we will do everything we can to convince the government to help.

“But we know that this is not enough and that words will not help you to pay your employees, your rent or your suppliers.

“And as elected leaders, we work together to make better use of Covid-19.

“But we know that once a business is gone, it is gone and that if we don't act now to protect our economy from these new restrictions, we run the risk of having nothing to build on.

Liverpool (pictured) and the surrounding area are facing restrictions for people from different households to meet in their home, including their homes as well as pubs and restaurants

Liverpool (pictured) and the surrounding area are facing restrictions for people from different households to meet in their home, including their homes as well as pubs and restaurants

& # 39; So, in partnership with the Combined Authority and our six Local Authorities, our teams have worked hard to identify and re-use funds for up to £ 40million for a package of Emergency Emergency Financial Assistance to support so many businesses in hospitality and leisure as possible.

& # 39; We made this extremely difficult decision to provide stop gap funding as a last resort to keep viable businesses running in the short term and protect as many jobs as possible while we continue to advocate with the government to invest in our economic survival and our future recovery. & # 39;

It is because much of the north of England has stricter restrictions.

Under the new rules, it is now illegal to meet people from other households in the Liverpool City area, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Warrington indoors.

This means preventing people from mingling with people outside their household or assisting bubbles in pubs, restaurants, and other indoor spaces.

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