The Hull Liberal Democrats have today (18/11/20) called for the Government to extend the Furlough job retention scheme until June.
All Councillors, except two Conservative Councillors, backed the call from Lib Dem Councillor Mark Ieronimo. It was agreed that the Council would write to the Chancellor calling for an extension to the Furlough scheme.
The Liberal Democrats believe businesses need more time to plan and the extension until June would allow for that. This call would be to extend furlough to last until June, in order to protect Hull's economy and lead the way in providing financial support to residents.
Lib Dem Councillor Mark Ieronimo for Pickering Ward, who led the call stated that:
"The Lib Dems in Hull have united Hull City Council behind a call to get this Government to give local businesses in Hull the certainty they need - the Furlough scheme needs to be extended to June, this Conservative Government must listen.
"We don't want to arrive at a situation again where the Government makes an 11th hour extension to the furlough scheme like happened a few weeks ago, which led to unnecessary job losses.
"One third of employees in Hull were on Furlough at the easing of the last lockdown - the risk is real for potential job losses if the Government refuse to extend Furlough until June.
"Lib Dems in Hull call on this Government to take note of the situation in Hull and extend the Furlough scheme."