Leanne Stands Up for Businesses Affected by Coronavirus Pandemic - Leanne Wood - Rhondda Plaid Cymru

Leanne Stands Up for Businesses Affected by Coronavirus Pandemic

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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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  • sarah williams
    commented 2020-12-15 22:05:24 +0000
    I AM SO VERY SORRY I CANNOT NHELP WITH YOU PARTY OF WALES BUT MY ILLNESS PREVENTS IT , WISH I COULD DO SOMETHING LIKE LICKING ENVELOPES OR SOMETHING XXX
  • sarah williams
    commented 2020-12-15 22:02:25 +0000
    LEANNE I HAVE TRIED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU YESTERDAY ABOUT A FOOD SHARE BOX OWING TO MY ILL-HEALTH GETTING OVER COVID AND ALSO OTHER BREATHING PROBLEMS IE COPD AND EMPASYMIA, I BANT GO OUT OR DO ANY SHOPPING, BECAUSE OF MY BREATHING PROBLEMS OR EVEN DO HOUSEWORK OR ANYTHING PHIYICAL WITHOUT ME BEING BREATHLESS, MY HUSBAND BRIAN WILLIAMS IS MY CARER AND DOES EVERYTHING FOR ME. HE won’t GO OUT AND LEAVE ME BECAUSE OF MY PREDICAMENT, SO HE HAS HAD TO RELY ON OTHER PEOPLE TO HELP WITH FOOD SHOPPING BUT NOT ALWAYS SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE ARE VERY GOOD TO START OFF WITH, BUT THEY SOON WANE OFF, I HAVE HAD ONE FOOD PARCEL FROM PLAID, AND WAS SO VERY GRATEFUL, MY SON HAS HAD TO COME ALL THE WAY FROM Penarth TO EITHER SIT WITH ME SO MY HUSBAND CAN GET SOME SHOPPING OR DO SO HIMSELF, I FEEL SO ANGRY AND UPSET KNOWING PEOPLE ABUSE THIS SYSTEM OUT OF GREED AS ARE THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR TO ME HAVING A DELIVERY EVERY FRIDAY, HE LEAVES HIS WIFE FOR HOURS TO RUN AROUND IN HIS CAR, HE TAKES HIS SON’S SHOPPING AND A NEIGHBOUR, YET HE EXPECTS THINGS FOR NOTHING, SORRY FOR GOING ON , BUT IT MAKES ME SO MAD, HE SAID TO ME ON THE WEEKEND I GET ONE EVERY FRIDAY AND AS LONG AS THEY KEEP DELIVERING IM NOT SAYING ANYTHING. IT MAKES MY BLOOD BOIL KNOWING IT CAN GO TO SOMEONE needier, SO SORRY FOR GOING ON, BUT IF I’M NOT SUCCESSFUL SO BE IT, BUT I DO HOPE YOU WILL CONSIDER ME.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK Leanne I WISH YOU WELL MY DOCTOR WILL VERIFY MY ILLNESSES TO PROVE I I AM GENUINE, ALL THE BEST SARAH ANN WILLIAMS X
  • Gareth Llewellyn
    published this page in News 2020-11-26 10:11:39 +0000