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DUP Deputy Leader and Peer, Nigel Dodds has pressed the Government to extend the VAT cut for the hospitality industry.

Speaking in the Lords, he said

“The Government must take on board the need to extend the VAT cut, which has applied from July last year through to 31 March 2021.

Most hospitality businesses have been closed for a large proportion of that time, and it would not make any sense that, as they reopen, that cut would not be available to help them through the very grave difficulties that they will face.”

Nigel Dodds also called for the Government to appoint a Minister for Hospitality.

“A Hospitality Minister, who could co-ordinate the national response right across the United Kingdom, would be a strong signal that the government takes the future of the industry very seriously given how much it has been impacted by the lockdowns and restrictions."