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Henry Smith MP: Eat Out to Help Out

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One of the sectors hardest hit by COVID-19 has been our hospitality industry. While Crawley workers employed in this field have benefited from Government support such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the industry’s success going forward will depend on adhering to social distancing rules for a while to come and getting customers through the door.

The Eat Out to Help Out scheme will see the Government support restaurants by reimbursing up to 50 per cent of people’s meals out, up to a maximum of £10 per person, at restaurants, pubs and cafes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout August.

The initiative will not only allow a discount on meals, but will help provide security to those workers whose livelihoods depend on people going out to eat.

Up to 165 businesses in Crawley could benefit from this programme, which will see money paid within five working days.

Participating establishments will be published on the Government website, GOV.UK, so we can all see who is taking part.

Other measures announced by the Chancellor at the Summer Economic Update include a VAT cut for hospitality, accommodation and attraction businesses from 20 per cent to 5 per cent for six months. Up to 370 companies could stand to benefit from this support in Crawley.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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Henry Smith MP: Brexit and a vaccine

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In his article this week, Crawley MP Henry Smith talks about Brexit and the new Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

As the UK entered the New Year it did so having finally delivered what Crawley and the country voted for in the Brexit referendum almost half a decade previously.

Last week I voted for the European Union (Future Relationship) Act which allows the British Government to implement and ratify the agreements secured between the UK and the EU.

With no role for the European Court of Justice and no requirements for the UK to continue to follow EU law, and no more payments of billions of pounds to Brussels, we fulfil one of the key aims of Brexit, which is to secure this country’s political and economic independence. This means, of course, that our laws are determined by elected politicians in the United Kingdom who are accountable to the British people.

Britain’s commitment to maintaining high labour, environment and climate standards now ensure we do not give the EU any say over our rules.

In areas such as the living wage, entitlements to sick pay, parental leave and annual leave, UK policy already goes further than EU requirements.

The Future Relationship Act represents the largest free trade agreement in history, not only allowing the UK full access to the EU but also the ability to strike trade deals globally, following recent agreements already signed with countries including Japan, Canada and Turkey.

Looking ahead to 2021; it is welcome that the start of the year has seen the roll-out of the UK-developed University of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccination.

On Monday the NHS began administering over half a million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, with 100 million doses secured in total. This is part of a national vaccination programme alongside the Pfizer/BioNTech jab, which has already seen more people inoculated in the UK than the rest of Europe put together. Indeed Great Britain was first globally by several weeks in delivering COVID-19 vaccines to its citizens.

The Government’s plan to roll out vaccinations as swiftly as possible is well underway, with 1,000 vaccination sites up and running by the end of the week.

With this further welcome news on the vaccine we can see an end to the blight of Covid in sight. These are still challenging times but global Britain will deliver in 2021.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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