Welsh Labour MP for Ogmore, Chris Elmore, has slammed the UK Government’s approach to protecting jobs and businesses as ministers look towards the next stage of their pandemic response.
Speaking during an opposition debate on protecting jobs and businesses, Chris called on the Chancellor to end his “one-size-fits-all” approach to economic recovery and to extend the furlough scheme on a sectoral basis.
Speaking after the debate, Chris Elmore MP said:
“Individuals, families, and businesses across the country have made immeasurable sacrifices to help stop the spread of this terrible virus. The last thing they need now is for the economic rug to be pulled from under their feet just as they need it most.
“The UK Government must start listening to those sectors that need our continued support. After decades of deindustrialisation, communities in my Ogmore constituency just can’t take any more job losses.”
Before the debate, Chris also met with representatives from the trade unions and fellow Labour Party MPs at a socially-distanced protest outside Parliament.
The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, has so far refused to extend the Job Retention Scheme which is due to close at the end of October. New analysis of OBR/HMRC data shows that as many as 4,700 jobs are thought to be at risk in Chris’ Ogmore constituency alone.