Aberconwy MS echoes calls for Welsh Restart Grant following ‘disappointing’ letter of reply
The Member of the Welsh Parliament for Aberconwy – Janet Finch-Saunders MS – has spoken of her disappointment in the reply received from the First Minister, following her letter on the 12 May that called on the Welsh Government to make business support immediately available.
Rather than providing a concrete pledge to urgently distribute the support, in his letter of reply, the First Minister instead insinuated that more assistance will be forthcoming:
“Looking to the future, the Welsh Government is developing options for further funding support packages to help businesses develop and grow sustainably. Further details will be announced on the Business Wales website in the coming weeks.”
In spite of the Member’s requests, there was also no mention of backdating support to cover financial support to the start of the financial year so that enterprises across Wales are compensated for every week of restrictions they have been subjected to.
Commenting on the reply, Janet said:
“I am greatly disappointed by the First Minister’s reply to my letter, which seemingly fails to recognise the fact that businesses across Aberconwy could be made to wait an entire month from election day before they receive a much needed financial lifeline. “This is why an increasing number of local business owners are calling on the Welsh Government to release a similar restart grant to those seen in England and Scotland. Whilst I welcome the news that the First Minister’s team is developing further support options, he should use this moment to ensure calls for such restart support are realised. “As I made plain in the Senedd this week, many businesses are also finding issues with certain restrictions. Indeed, the disparity in social distancing between England and Wales should be reviewed as a priority so enterprises are not hindered into the future.”