Luke Pollard, the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has called for an extension of the support systems that were put in place to protect pubs and other businesses. Shocking new figures were recently revealed, detailing the decline of pubs in Plymouth and across the South West.
New figures from Labour have shown the closure of over 5,000 pubs since the Conservatives came to power ten years ago, with the South West losing 570 in that period. Pubs are now still struggling even more from the coronavirus pandemic.
Luke Pollard MP said:
“I want to see our local pubs protected. The virus and the coming economic storm mean many pubs in Plymouth face a very difficult future. Ministers need to step in and stop the blanket approach to ending the furlough scheme.”
“No business or person should be left behind in our response to the Coronavirus pandemic, yet this government continues to put thousands at risk. I desperately want to see more, and continued, support for these pubs to ensure that they can keep providing spaces for everyone to enjoy.”
“Pubs and their workers need clarity and support from the government, not more chaos and incompetence.”