Inland Waterways: Coronavirus

Treasury written question – answered on 10th July 2020.

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Photo of Michael Fabricant Michael Fabricant Conservative, Lichfield

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to protect inland waterway based businesses that are affected by the covid-19 outbreak; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary, Minister for Equalities

The Government has announced unprecedented support for public services, business and workers to protect against the current economic emergency.

This includes significant changes to the operation of statutory sick pay, universal credit, and employment and support allowance to ensure that people have quicker and more generous access to a support system, and we have taken further immediate steps to give businesses access to cash to pay its rent, salaries or suppliers.

Our economic response is one of the most generous and comprehensive globally and the government is now working urgently to deliver these schemes as quickly as possible.

The government is monitoring the impact measures are having with regard to supporting public services, businesses, and individuals, and keeps all policies under review.

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