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This weekend London will be moved into Tier 2 Lockdown Category, with no job support, which leads to 200,000 Hospitality and Catering Workers in Central London will lose their jobs. 200,000 Hospitality and Catering Workers in Central London will lose their jobs.
The UK Hospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said:
“The tier 2 lockdown, is a “maximum squeeze on revenue with no support”.
She said it would be better for some businesses in central London to be forced to close under tier 3 restrictions in order to access government funding.”
“Being moved into tier 2 is a curse for businesses. They will be trapped in a no man’s land of being open, but with severe restrictions that will significantly hit custom, all while unable to access the job support available in tier 3. It is the worst of both worlds for businesses.”
“The pain of tier two is that you have no government support, and that’s what we need the government to urgently address.”
“So for businesses in this part of the capital it would probably be better to be closed.”
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“Venues in London have already taken a hit due to the dip in inbound tourism and with people increasingly working from home. A move into tier 2 will now be catastrophic for some of them and it is only going to be made worse by the end of the furlough scheme in under two weeks.”
“If you go into level three you are getting support if you are closed so at least we would have something to pay the teams and a grant to cover overheads and costs.”
“The Government must remove employer contributions from the Job Support Scheme for hospitality or apply tier 3 job support to tier 2 businesses. If it does not, we are looking at catastrophic businesses closures and widespread job losses in the capital as early as 1 November.”
Trading is difficult at this time whilst the unemployment rate in Britain is at its highest. The Pub Marstons cut jobs leaving 2,000 workers out of a job, Pret A Manger has cut 400 jobs which include 2,000 workers that lost their jobs through the beginning of the pandemic.
The fast food chain KFC will hire 5,400 staff in the UK and Ireland.
KFC said: – “The new jobs would be partly supported by the government’s Kickstart scheme, which helps employers create opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds at risk from long-term unemployment.”
“It will add 5,400 jobs across its 965 restaurants in the UK and Ireland by the end of 2020, in a rare piece of good news for Britain’s pandemic-hit jobs market.”
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