Chris Matheson MP has expressed concern about figures which show the current scale of unemployment in Chester.
Since lockdown came into force in March, the number of people in the city claiming unemployment benefits has increased by nearly 2,000, while Chris has revealed extent of issues raised with him.
Chris said: “It is extremely worrying to see such a big increase in those claiming unemployment benefits. We know that this is an unprecedentedly difficult time for businesses nationwide, and this is why I have been continually lobbying the Government to make necessary improvements to support workers throughout this public health crisis.
“I am grateful to the Government for listening to MPs and for implementing measures such as the Furlough Scheme and the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. However, I have been receiving hundreds of emails from constituents each week, a great many of whom have concerns about the gaps in these schemes. I have supported owners of limited companies who do not qualify for Government assistance, self-employed people who can’t meet the set thresholds, and those on PAYE contracts who cannot access support.”
Chris added: “This is just a small part of the bigger picture however, with dozens of constituents contacting me to say they are living in uncertainty, with big questions about what more will be done to help keep their jobs in the long term. We know for example that the aerospace industry has been hit hard, and with Airbus employing a huge number of people in our area, we must see a clear way forward. There must also be a particular emphasis on those sectors who have been the most adversely affected such as leisure, hospitality and tourism, all of which are hugely important in Chester.”