Cumbria Tourism has cautiously welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement today (5 November 2020) committing to financial assistance to businesses over the winter period.

Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, says, “We welcome Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of the extension of both the furlough and self-employment income support schemes until the end of March 2021.

 “Only this week, we joined South Lakes MP Tim Farron to meet once again with the Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston MP to update him on the challenges facing businesses, and to press for a winter package of support to give the sector breathing space to consider the best way of moving forward to aid their survival into the Spring of next year and beyond.

 “However, with many jobs and more than half the of value of the visitor economy already lost this year, we will need to continue to monitor the situation very closely to ensure all businesses have access to the support they will require.”


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