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More help needed for tourism sector in West Norfolk

More help needed for tourism sector in West Norfolk

Published by KLFM
10:40am 5th May 2020.

West Norfolk MP, James Wild, has called on the government to provide an enhanced package of support for the tourism and hospitality sectors in North West Norfolk.

After working with other MPs representing coastal and other tourism areas on the proposals, he has joined 84 MPs in urging the Chancellor to take further steps to support businesses in these crucial sectors including:

  • Extend the business rate relief threshold up to £150,000 to ensure more businesses benefit from business rate relief and potentially benefit from grant support.
  • Extend the furlough scheme beyond the end of the lockdown - with hospitality and tourism businesses expected to be among the slowest areas to resume usual levels of activity and income, extending the scheme would provide protection for businesses.
  • Introduce a flexi-furlough job scheme - holiday parks and other businesses have significant overheads with sites requiring continual maintenance. More flexibility would enable facilities to be maintained and reopened when the time comes.
  • Reduce the rate of VAT on tourism to 5% - this would allow businesses to offer more competitive prices, protect jobs, and support the local economy when sectors are reopened.
  • Tailored support for tourism and hospitality businesses that have fallen through the cracks, including B&Bs.

Commenting on the proposals, James said:

"Tourism is a vital part of West Norfolk's economy with millions of visitors coming to enjoy our wonderful coastline, heritage, and countryside. 

"The government has put in place welcome measures to support tourism and hospitality businesses but the lockdown has hit firms hard when pubs, restaurants, and attractions should be booming. 

"After listening to businesses across West Norfolk, I'm supporting further measures to protect more jobs and ensure that firms can bounce back once restrictions can be eased. I look forward to the day when we can once again safely welcome visitors to West Norfolk."