Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Aviation

Treasury written question – answered on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to the aviation sector beyond the low season into 2021.

Photo of Nadia Whittome Nadia Whittome Labour, Nottingham East

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has plans to continue the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for the (a) hospitality and (b) leisure sectors while covid-19 social distancing measures affect businesses in those sectors.

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

The CJRS will close at the end of October, after eight months.

It is the case that some firms will be affected by coronavirus for longer than others, and the Government will seek to support these firms appropriately.

It would be challenging to target the CJRS to specific sectors in a fair and deliverable way, and that may not be the most effective or sensible way to provide longer term support for those sectors most affected by coronavirus.

The Government will continue to engage with businesses and representative groups, with the aim of ensuring that support provided is right for these sectors and for the economy as a whole.

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