CONSERVATIVES REFUSE TO BACK LOCAL BUSINESSES

October 21, 2020 10:29 AM

Conservatives at Herts County Council have refused to back Herts businesses affected by Covid closures and to help businesses recover from the impacts of the pandemic. Liberal Democrat councillors had proposed that the council should tell the government that more support for businesses was needed alongside timely, evidence based and effective action to tackle the pandemic as the survival of many local businesses is on a knife-edge thanks to the second wave.

Liberal Democrat County Councillor Steve Jarvis, who proposed the motion, said, "In September the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership told the council that they expected the pandemic to result in the economy of Hertfordshire shrinking by £5 billion with the loss of 60,000 jobs - but that was before the second wave saw increasing restrictions. Although Hertfordshire is not as badly affected as some parts of the country it is clear that there will continue to be a massive impact on jobs and people's income as well as their health.

"Getting the government to provide more help for the businesses affected and for those businesses which will provide new jobs when we eventually emerge from the pandemic is vital to protect people's livelihoods. I really don't understand how the Conservatives could vote against providing support to local businesses affected by the pandemic, but that's exactly what they did. The Conservatives used to be called the party of business, yet we run the risk that the only smiling business people will be insolvency practitioners."