UK employers demand action now to tide over pandemic crisis

UK employers demand action now to tide over pandemic crisis

LONDON (UK) – A British employers’ group has demanded immediate action from finance minister Rishi Sunak after a record slump in business in the April-June period.

The British Chamber of Commerce said on Wednesday its quarterly survey of 7,700 firms found the share of companies reporting growth in sales was far below even the low point of the global financial crisis of 2007-08.

“Our results demonstrate the need for swift and substantial action,” the BCC’s director general Adam Marshall said. “The UK cannot meander its way back to success in this era of uncertainty.” 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledged on Tuesday to expedite infrastructure investment and slash property planning rules. The spending announcement of 5 billion pounds amounted to around 5% of gross public sector investment last year, most of which had already been announced.

Sunak is due to announce more details of the government’s plans next week, on top of the 133 billion pounds of emergency measures he has rushed out mostly to keep people in their jobs.

However, he has so far opted not to bring forward a major budget statement which is due in the autumn.

The BCC said its survey showed orders and investment intentions at record lows for services firms and manufacturers. 

Marshall urged the government to cut employers’ social security contributions and take other measures to help firms keep workers on their payrolls after Britain’s huge state furlough scheme expires at the end of October.

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