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No further support planned for Leicester businesses after extended lockdown

09 July 2020 by

The government has no plans to provide additional support for businesses in Leicester, who were left unable to open after a spike in Covid-19 cases saw the city placed under an extended lockdown.

Liz Kendall, Labour MP for Leicester West, who had called for city-specific measures in light of the lockdown, which will continue until at least 18 July, said the government's lack of action should be seen as a "warning" for areas that may also see spikes in the future.

Nadhim Zahawi, minister for business and industry, confirmed the government's stance, writing in a letter to Kendall: "The chancellor has already said that there are no plans to change the scope or extend any of the schemes currently available. I hope the lockdown is temporary and that affected businesses in Leicester will be able to reopen soon."

Kendall responded: "My constituents and people across Leicester deserve better. This is a warning for future local lockdowns too."

Jon Ashworth, Labour MP for Leicester South, added: "Folk across Leicester worried about their livelihoods and businesses are getting in touch about this. It's shocking and unacceptable that local Leicester small businesses have been abandoned like this."

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