4 August 2020
A leading Green Party councillor from Yorkshire has called for additional support for business effected by additional lock down measures in Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.
Councillor Andrew Cooper, the leader of the Green Group on Kirklees Council has called on the Government to extend the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme in the areas where the Government has introduced additional local restrictions.
These restrictions have prevented people from different households, friends and work colleagues meeting up to in pubs and restaurants unlike the rest of the country.
The ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ is offering 50% off meals and soft drinks up to the value of £10 per person during August on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Councillor Cooper said, “The ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, whilst not perfect was meant to provide a stimulus to the hard hit hospitality sector.
“With restrictions now being reintroduced in Kirklees, Calderdale, Bradford, Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire this has been another big blow to many of these businesses.
“I am asking The Chancellor to extend the scheme to give businesses in our region extra time to recover. I’ll be asking leaders of other political groups on Kirklees Council to back my proposal and I will be making contact with other Councils asking for their support as well.
“It would be unfair for these Northern areas to suffer disproportionately due to Government restrictions and so a call for an extension through the whole of September is a perfectly reasonable ask of Government.”