Responding to the news that some 11,000 job losses have been announced in the past 48 hours, Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said:
“The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented economic challenge.
“Behind these statistics, there are thousands of individuals and families facing real hardship, who will now be worried about putting food on the table and paying basic bills.
“Given the scale of recent announcements of yet more job losses, Ministers need to move faster on their economic response and to look into special help for those sectors still being hit hard by COVID-19.
“Ultimately the way out of this crisis is to create new, good quality jobs through a Green Recovery Plan that will tackle climate change while building back our economy.
“The Government must stop overlooking green investment in its recovery plans if it is to create the sustainable jobs we need. Just as crucially, the Government must avoid a bad Brexit deal or even worse no deal at all - or more jobs could be on the line.”