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Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram reacts to Chancellor’s Summer Statement

Reacting to today’s (08/07/20) summer statement from the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said:

“Over the last few months I have spoken with the Prime Minister and Chancellor about the need to introduce a Young Person’s Guarantee with the guarantee of a job, training or apprenticeship for every young person out of work, so I welcome today’s announcement, but will be looking at how and when funding will be distributed.

“I also welcome the short-term measures to support hospitality and the visitor economy, which are vital for our city region.

“As the Chancellor acknowledged, the country still faces hard times ahead. Many of today’s measures are short-term and month-to-month, but really our local councils and businesses need a properly funded, longer-term plan, and many will not be able to wait until the Budget in the Autumn.

“We’ve already seen record numbers of applications for Universal Credit over the course of this crisis and, I fear that unemployment will continue to rise as the furlough scheme comes to an end, unless there is further targeted support beyond what was announced today.

“I will continue to work with local business and trade union leaders to lobby government for the extra support we need, beyond the measures announced today, to protect as many jobs possible in the coming months.”

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