The Economy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:22 pm on 8th July 2020.

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Photo of Lilian Greenwood Lilian Greenwood Chair, Finance Committee (Commons), Chair, Finance Committee (Commons) 3:22 pm, 8th July 2020

Of course the Minister is right that the furlough scheme cannot continue forever. However—I listened to his response to Wera Hobhouse about the beauty sector—surely we need different approaches to the sectors that have been able to reopen and those that are currently still closed. Surely the sectors that are still unable to open, and potentially may not be able to open for quite some time, such as theatres, music venues and beauty therapists—a range of sectors—need something more flexible. Why has he not considered something more flexible with regard to the job-retention scheme?