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A group of 85 Conservative MPs, led by Totnes MP Anthony Mangnall, has written to the chancellor, calling for a new support package for tourism and hospitality businesses in the wake of the crisis.
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The letter to Rishi Sunak calls for an increase in the business rates relief threshold, an extension of the furlough scheme and a VAT rebate.
The Totnes MP says they were some of the first businesses to close due to coronavirus and many are expected to be the last to reopen after lockdown.
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Some owners of holiday parks and other tourism businesses in Cornwall say that even if coronavirus lockdown restrictions are lifted in a few months’ time, they are unlikely to survive.
Ros Pritchard, from the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, said she had written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson asking for a bigger rescue package.
She said: “We earn all our money between Easter and October, so, even if the country comes back from social distancing, we’ve basically lost 2020.
“We have asked for him to support us through until spring and Easter next year, because, otherwise, even if tourism businesses survive through the autumn, they’re going to go in the winter.”
Mr Johnson said at his public briefing on Thursday that “we can’t allow such a big influx of tourists as to create a second spike” of Covid-19.
Patrick Langmaid (pictured), a director of Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park near Padstow, said the situation for him and his staff was “absolutely diabolical”.
He said: “At the moment, it’s all very, very worrying.
“We’ve got many of the team now on furlough, which is frustrating, and the team that are working are obviously costing me money. I’m haemorrhaging cash. I’ve got zero income and I am very, very worried by the noises coming out of government.”
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Owners of holiday parks in Cornwall are among those calling on the government to offer the tourism industry cash support through to spring next year.
It is feared some of them will not survive the winter because of the uncertainty over the exit strategy from lockdown and social distancing guidelines which could go on for many months.
Speaking at a news conference on Skype, the chief executive of Cornwall Council Kate Kennally said ministers were being lobbied on the issue.
“The view is it is going to be a long term issue, a long term recovery and we will absolutely need to work together to make sure that we are supporting our businesses and protecting our economy,” she said.
“I think that is going to require significant support going forward.”
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