Food: Wholesale Trade

Treasury written question – answered on 3rd June 2020.

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Photo of Carolyn Harris Carolyn Harris Labour, Swansea East

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will extend the application of business rates relief to food and drink wholesalers.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman The Financial Secretary to the Treasury

The Government has provided enhanced support to the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors through business rates relief given the direct and acute impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on those sectors.

A range of further measures to support all businesses, including food and drink wholesalers, has also been made available. For example, the Government has launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help firms keep people in employment, the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme offering loans of up to £5 million for SMEs through the British Business Bank backed by an 80% Government guarantee, and is deferring VAT payments for this quarter.

The Government will consider any further financial assistance necessary to help businesses get through this period.

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