Responding to ONS statistics out today which reveal the volume of retail sales in April 2020 fell by a record 18.1%, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney MP said:
“Countless businesses and workers are fearing financial hardship because of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, with retail and our high streets hit particularly hard.
"We must make sure that no one is left behind. The Government must extend the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until all parts of the economy can open fully and safely and ensure small businesses and charity shops have the financial support they need to survive.
“Going forward, Ministers must also boost investment and foster the environment needed for local businesses to grow and create jobs by finally scrapping the broken business rates system."