NEW statistics showing the huge level of Government support to individuals and businesses in Warrington South have been welcomed by local MP Andy Carter.
Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Government has provided a huge and unprecedented package of support to protect both lives and livelihoods through this incredibly challenging period. In total, more than £160 billion has been provided as part of the Government’s economic response to coronavirus, and the latest statistics from the Treasury now show the scale of that support in Warrington South:
*15,400 people have had their job protected through the Job Retention Scheme, which has allowed employers to furlough workers while the Government has provided up to 80 per cent of their wages.
*3,200 self-employed people in Warrington South have been supported through the Coronavirus Self-Employed Job Retention Scheme.
*58,311,088 has been paid out to local businesses in the form of Bounce Back Loans, which provides loans of up to £50,000 within days of an application.
*£22,875,000.00 worth of grants has been handed out to businesses in Warrington South, which do not need to be paid back.
This unprecedented package of support comes on top of the 4,699 of loans offered to businesses across North West, worth £1,129,802,539.
While much of this support has been focused on supporting people through the immediate crisis, the Government has recently set out the next phase of its economic response. In June, the Prime Minister unveiled the New Deal for Britain – accelerating billions of pounds worth of infrastructure projects to get the country building and kickstart the economy – followed by the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs in July, which set out how the Government intends to create, protect and support jobs in the months ahead, backed by up to £30 billion.
Mr Carter said:“This year has been hugely challenging for people and businesses in Warrington South, and these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Conservative Government has put in place to support lives and local livelihoods.
“As we now work to restart our economy, I have no doubt that the Government will continue to support people in Warrington with the Prime Minister only visiting yesterday. Schemes such as the hugely popular Eat Out to Help Out are already proving a huge success at getting customers back into local businesses.
“We need to give businesses the confidence to retain and hire, create jobs and ensure young people have the opportunity of a better start across Warrington.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said:“I recently set out the government’s next steps towards economic recovery and securing the UK’s long-term prosperity in our Plan for Jobs.
“As we embark on this next phase, the latest figures demonstrate that we are continuing to support jobs, incomes, and businesses across every part of the UK.”