The Rhondda Member of the Senedd has called upon the Labour Government to sort out coronavirus business support.
Leanne Wood MS made the calls in the Senedd after being contacted by a number of Rhondda businesses who have missed out on financial support since the onset of the pandemic.
Earlier this week, there was criticism from the business community about the way in which the Government has handled tailored support, particularly with the Economic Resilience Fund which closed to applications within 24 hours of opening.
During the Business Statement, Leanne said: “I'd like to highlight the frustrations of Rhondda businesses that have been left without any financial help since the beginning of the pandemic.
“We know businesses across Wales that have lost out after applying for the economic resilience fund. A new business in the Rhondda tell me that they've not received any support, despite losing a majority of their takings.
“They applied for a lockdown discretionary grant administered through the local authority and received a response saying that their application to another fund, which they hadn't applied to, had been unsuccessful. Taxi drivers are another group that haven't been catered for, and there was a Unite trade union organised demonstration today in Cardiff city centre, calling for support, and I back this campaign.
“Now, I acknowledge that we live in unprecedented times and that schemes have been drawn up quickly, but unless lessons are learned from what has gone wrong so far, then mistakes will be repeated and targeted support will continue not to reach the businesses that need it.
“So, can we have a Government statement outlining how you can review the grant system so that those cases that I've raised today can be helped and that we can ensure that businesses and people don't miss out on a financial lifeline when they really, really need it now?”
In reply, Trefnydd Rebecca Evans MS said that the government were “keen to learn from the experiences of the third phase of the economic resilience fund as we develop our future support for business.”
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