23rd Oct, 2020

Redditch MP hails employment plans as thousands of jobs axed

Ross Crawford 10th Jul, 2020

LOCAL MP Rachel Maclean MP has said the Chancellor’s £30billion Plan for Jobs will support and protect livelihoods in Redditch.

Her comments came on the day Boots announced it was cutting 4,000 jobs and bellwether firm John Lewis said it would not be re-opening eight of its stores, including its anchor store in Grand Central in Birmingham.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak revealed on Wednesday, July 8, the Government’s £30 billion Plan for Jobs – designed to support people to find jobs, create new jobs and protect jobs by revitalising hard-hit sectors.

Mrs Maclean said that throughout the coronavirus crisis the Government had put in place a £160billion plan to protect people’s jobs, incomes and businesses.

She added that analysis from the Treasury on the impact of Covid-19, published yesterday, showed the Government’s interventions were ‘significantly protected people’s incomes, with the least well off in society benefitting the most’.

Among a raft of schemes announced is a one-off payment of £1,000 to a business for every employee who was furloughed previously and who is successfully kept on continuously until January.

To date 13,100 jobs in Redditch have been protected by the furlough scheme.

Other schemes launched include a £1,000 payment to employers who take on trainees to get young people ready for work.

The Government is also providing £2,000 to employers for each new apprentice they hire under the age of 25.

“This is a comprehensive and generous Plan for Jobs,” said Mrs Maclean.

“I am proud that the Government has put an unprecedented and generous package of support in place to protect people and their livelihoods in Redditch.

“In the coming weeks we will be presenting our recovery plan for Redditch. As part of a ‘One Redditch’ approach, all levels of local government have come together to draw up ambitious plans for our vision for Redditch for years to come.

“We must recharge Redditch in the wake of coronavirus, whilst continuing to unlock our town’s full potential.”

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