Chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, Darren Jones, has written to Secretary of State for Business, Alok Sharma, to give his views on the Government's aid packages for businesses and workers during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Whilst Jones accepts that the Government does deserve credit for the measures that have been put in place, he also said that issues have emerged following the implementation of said measures and that some groups of workers, such as agency staff, have been left at a distinct disadvantage throughout.
The letter also highlights the issues which have been encountered by small businesses, such as late payments under the various Government schemes, and how they had struggled due to cash flow issues.
Jones raises some important points surrounding the issues faced by those who were not covered under the Government's aid packages. It will be interesting to see Sharma’s response, and whether he will do what he can to rectify these issues.
The correspondence to the Secretary of State recognises the efforts of many workers and businesses who rose to the challenges brought about during the pandemic. The letter also highlights a number of issues, including gaps in support for workers, the tapering of support for workers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), and the treatment of workers during the pandemic and health & safety issues.