DUP Westminster Leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson has given a cautious welcome to the Winter Economy Plan announced by the Chancellor earlier in the House of Commons.
The DUP Lagan Valley MP however, urged the Government to recognise the perilous state of some sectors and also those excluded from previous packages.
Commenting Sir Jeffrey said,
“We will be studying the detail of the Job Support Scheme and in particular its impact on lower skilled workers. It is a complex system and its full impact needs to be carefully considered.
We will also be urging the Chancellor to think again about those sectors which have been so heavily wounded by Covid-19. In Northern Ireland, the aviation sector and its supply chain is vital, this is similar in other parts of the UK and its important they are helped through this economic valley.
I welcome the decision to extend the temporary VAT rate for the hospitality and tourism sectors. We have long argued for this change and it is making a difference for the sector.
I am part of the campaign for those across the UK who fall outside the Covid-19 support schemes announced so far by the Treasury. This was an opportunity to reach out to some of those people and close some of the gaps. That is a missed opportunity to help those especially who were newly self-employed.
The access to finance initiatives by the UK Government have been amongst the most generous in the world and have made a massive impact by enabling investment to improve systems and processes even in this climate.”