The Liberal Democrats are urging the Government to extend furlough support until it is safe for workers to return to work. They are also calling for the government to bring forward bespoke packages of support for specific sectors, such as hospitality, or face a significant increase in unemployment.
According to government statistics published this week, 31,900 people in Hull have benefited from the job retention scheme.
Government statistics also show a further 6,200 people in Hull are receiving financial support through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, following a successful campaign by the Liberal Democrats.
However, the Party has warned that many self-employed people are still excluded from this support, including those who became self-employed since April 2019, and called on the Government to urgently expand the scheme to cover them too.
Leader of the Lib Dem Group on Hull City Council, Councillor Mike Ross added:
“The Coronavirus has swept into Hull and left many families suddenly financially insecure, through no fault of their own.”
"The furlough scheme is a lifeline for so many. However, there is a big concern about what will happen to people here in Hull who rely on furlough support if it ends before it is safe for them to go back to work or before the industries are up and running again.
“Many parts of our economy will simply not be back as they were before by October. The Government must bring forward bespoke packages of support for specific industries to save jobs and prevent mass unemployment.
“We are calling on the government to raise statutory sick pay to £220 a week – it will allow anyone to self-isolate regardless of their type of work.
“Meanwhile, here in Hull many local people have become self-employed within the last year. Under the existing Government scheme they are not entitled to any financial support, this is clearly wrong.”