Food and Drink Federation response to the Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan
01 October 2020
Responding to the announcement of the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan, FDF’s Chief Executive, Ian Wright CBE, said the following
Responding to the announcement of the Chancellor's Winter Economy Plan, FDF's Chief Executive, Ian Wright CBE, said:
“The decision to introduce the Jobs Support Scheme and to extend the VAT cut for hospitality are welcome from the government but simply do not go far enough. The requirement for staff to be working part-time to be eligible for support will not be enough to sustain hospitality businesses and their food and drink manufacturing suppliers – the squeezed middle - through a difficult autumn and winter where pubs, bars, and restaurants will have significantly reduced custom.
“The pandemic has had a far greater impact on some sectors of the economy than others – sectors that would continue to support millions of viable jobs once a vaccine is achieved and social distancing can end. Only by continuing a targeted furlough scheme while the current restrictions remain will we avoid mass long-term unemployment and the decimation of a sector that could otherwise support our economic recovery once the pandemic is over. We urge the UK Government to engage with those industries most impacted about what more can be done to support those food and drink businesses most affected by the restrictions.”