Selous Asks For More than £50k to Support Leisure and Tourism Businesses

In an exchange in Parliament yesterday local MP Andrew Selous called for more funding to support the leisure and tourism businesses.

Andrew Selous, “I am grateful to the Treasury for the work it has done to keep the economy going. However, I have a tourism business and a leisure business that have been turned down by their banks, even though they are both viable, and they will need more than the £50,000 from the bounce-back scheme announced by the Chancellor today. These are excellent businesses that we must not lose. Will he continue to look further at such cases and consider grants for where there are very difficult situations?”

Rishi Sunak,The Chancellor of the Exchequer, responded, “Without knowing the particular details of those businesses, I can say that many businesses in the retailleisure and hospitality trade will be eligible for cash grants of £25,000. Also, all businesses can use the furlough scheme, which is significant, and there will be business rates holidays for those businesses. Furthermore, the statutory sick pay rebate scheme I announced earlier will be up and running next month, which will allow businesses to apply for a rebate on their statutory sick pay bill for up to 14 days per employee. That could benefit businesses by up to £48,000 as well. I hope that all those packages put together provide some relief to my hon. Friend’s business and many others.

The Economy debate, 27 April 2020.

How Andrew Selous voted on Business and the Economy

Consistently voted for reducing the rate of corporation tax
25 votes for, 1 vote against, between 2010–2016

Generally voted for measures to reduce tax avoidance
7 votes for, 6 votes against, 1 absence, between 2013–2020
Voted a mixture of for and against stronger tax incentives for companies to invest in assets

7 votes for, 7 votes against, between 2010–2014
Almost always voted for new high speed rail infrastructure
7 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2013–2019

How Andrew Selous voted on Welfare and Benefits

Consistently voted for reducing housing benefit for social tenants deemed to have excess bedrooms (which Labour describe as the "bedroom tax")
16 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2012–2018

Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013

Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
0 votes for, 15 votes against, between 2011–2016

Almost always voted for making local councils responsible for helping those in financial need afford their council tax and reducing the amount spent on such support
3 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, in 2012

Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
53 votes for, 0 votes against, 1 absence, between 2012–2016

Almost always voted against spending public money to create guaranteed jobs for young people who have spent a long time unemployed
0 votes for, 8 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2014

Voting Records

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