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'Lockdown leaving us in limbo,' hotel boss warns  


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10/01/2021 9:16 am  

'Lockdown leaving us in limbo,' hotel boss warns


A Lake District hotelier has criticised the government for offering less financial support during the latest lockdown than it did last year.


Jamie Shail, owner of Rothay Manor Hotel in Ambleside, said the government's furlough scheme no longer covers national insurance and pension contributions meaning his business has additional monthly outgoings "in excess of £10,000".


"How long can businesses survive with monthly outgoings of that size for an indefinite period without extra support or help?


"As an industry, we need guidance on where we're going. We need a plan so we know what we can do and when we can do it. Having this open-ended lockdown is leaving everyone in limbo."


Mr Shail called on the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to provide billions of pounds more for firms to see them through the next few months and warned a failure to do so would lead to "businesses going under and swathes of unemployment".


In response, the Treasury said it had taken "swift action" to protect lives and livelihoods, including more money this week to support businesses and jobs through to the spring.


Alongside the furlough scheme which will run until April, the Treasury said the chancellor's March budget would "take stock of our wider support and set out the next stage in our economic response”.

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