Calls for help for businesses in Monmouthshire suffering from neighbouring local lockdowns

Local Member of the Welsh Parliament, Laura Anne Jones, has called on the Welsh Government to provide support for businesses in Monmouthshire suffering from the effects of local lockdowns in neighbouring areas.

Laura Anne Jones made her call in the Welsh Parliament during questions to the First Minister.

The Local MS commented:

“Businesses in counties that neighbour Monmouthshire and are suffering from the effects of local lockdown can claim support from the Welsh Government.”

“However, local lockdowns are having a serious and damaging effect in businesses in Monmouthshire due to the lack of people from surrounding areas who would normally travel to the county to shop, to work or to eat out.”

“One small trader I visited on Monday told me they had gone from over 200 customers a day to below 20.”

“I have also been told of tourism businesses that are already reporting cancellations.”

“Unless these businesses receive support they are unlikely to survive. So I fully support Monmouthshire County Council’s plea to extend this third phase of the £60 million Economic Resilience Fund to traders in areas like Monmouthshire that adversely suffer from being surrounded by local lockdowns.”

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