Leader reaction to the Chancellor’s budget announcement

interior of a pub, with bar and tables Hospitality businesses to receive help on business rates and VAT

Posted on: 3 March 2021

The Leader of the Council, John Hart, welcomed the support for businesses announced on Wednesday (3 March) by the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak. Responding to the news, Cllr Hart said:

Photo of Councillor John Hart

Councillor John Hart, Leader of Devon County Council

“We’re already taking action to drive our economic recovery in Devon following the pandemic and I am delighted to see the Chancellor detailing national help for our businesses.

“Many of our tourism and hospitality businesses are on their knees and they are such a vital part of our economy. So it’s good to see they will get more help on business rates, VAT and other assistance and, more generally, there will be more support for the self-employed.

“I have been calling for the furlough scheme to be extended and I’m glad the Chancellor has now made that commitment. It is also encouraging to see the £20 uplift on Universal Credit continuing.

“And in such a rural county as Devon where many people are so reliant on their cars, I’m also delighted that fuel duty has been frozen.”

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