Kemi Badenoch MP on Dunmow businesses, the Eat Out To Help Out scheme and easyJet at Stansted Airport

Kemi Badenoch MP

Kemi Badenoch MP - Credit: Kemi Badenoch

Kemi Badenoch MP shares her views on Dunmow businesses, a new eating out scheme and the potential of job losses at easyJet at Stansted Airport.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches on Monday

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme launches on Monday - Credit: Archant

I recently spoke with the restaurant Manager at the Flitch House in Dunmow to find out how they have been impacted by the crisis and how they are coping now they are able to re-open whilst adhering to the Government’s health and safety guidelines.

The owners have ensured all the necessary measures are in place such as Track and Trace, hand sanitiser, electronic ordering/menus amongst others, allowing customers to relax and enjoy a safe dining experience.

I am pleased residents have supported our local restaurants and we must continue to do so, which is why I warmly welcomed the Chancellor’s recent announcement of a £30billion package to stimulate our economy and help support restaurants, businesses, the tourism and hospitality sector and people’s livelihoods.

The Eat Out To Help Out scheme is a great initiative to get us out eating in our local eateries whilst enjoying 50% off this August and I hope local restaurants will sign up to the scheme. The VAT cut from 20 percent to five percent for the tourism and hospitality sector, benefitting spots like The Square 1 restaurant and Paradise Café by helping to relieve financial pressures. Local businesses that furloughed their workers will receive £1,000 for every employee they bring back.

Venues in Dunmow and district are taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme. Picture: HM Revenue

Venues in Dunmow and district are taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out scheme. Picture: HM Revenue & Customs - Credit: HMRC

I have received many letters not just from constituents but people across the country in my role as Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, asking the Government to help protect our cultural and creative industry. The Treasury team have worked extensively on a package for the sector over the past few weeks and subsequently pleased to announce the £1.57 billion to support our cultural, arts and heritage institutions.

I know this will make a huge difference to many residents, local organisations in our constituency such as and venues across the country that have been impacted by the crisis and require financial backing.

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I recognise the impact of the crisis, particularly on employment. Locally we are already facing potential job losses, as can be seen from EasyJet’s announcement of a potential base closure at Stansted Airport. I have raised my concerns directly with EasyJet and discussed the announcement with Stansted Airport whilst we await the result of the consultation. I am committed to ensuring our local economy receives the support required to recover and will continue to raise our local concerns with ministerial colleagues.

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