Hull MP gets coach/government meeting agreement

Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle, Emma Hardy MP, has received an agreement for the government to meet with the coach industry about its current support during the pandemic.

Emma asked Rishi Sunak: “A hundred and nine coach companies have gone bust, with 7,100 people made redundant, which is one sixth of the entire coach industry. And one reason they tell me is that they fall between gaps in support, being classified as neither tourism or essential travel. Please will the chancellor look urgently into what specific support can be given to the coaching industry and if the relevant Minister will meet with me and representatives of the sector to discuss their concerns?”

In response, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, said: “Mr Speaker, I am happy to organise for the relevant Minister to meet with the honourable lady and hopefully those companies, and she is right about the difficult times they are experiencing, will have been able to access, for example, the bounce back loans, the CBILS loans to help with cash flow, ditto with the VAT referral and time to pay. But I appreciate it is a difficult time for them and the best thing we can do is allow more economic activity so they can get their coaches full as quickly as possible.”

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