An Ulster Unionist Party motion calling for the establishment of a fit for purpose hardship fund for those businesses and sole traders who have so far been excluded from accessing any Covid-19 financial support, will be debated in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Tuesday 15 September 2020.
John Stewart MLA, Ulster Unionist Economy spokesperson, said:
“Thousands of sole traders and micro-businesses have been excluded from accessing financial support through previous Executive schemes and as each week passes by their financial situation deteriorates further.
“Unfortunately they have received little assurance from the Economy Minister so far that their situation will be addressed so it`s long past time that we see some action to match the words of sympathy. Tuesday would be a good day to do that.”
The text of the Ulster Unionist Party motion is as follows:
‘That this Assembly is deeply concerned at the significant impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the local economy; acknowledges the substantial financial support package put in place by the UK Government to support employers, employees and the self-employed; recognises that thousands of sole traders and micro-businesses in Northern Ireland have not been able to access financial support; and calls on the Minister for the Economy to establish a new fit for purpose business hardship fund targeted at those businesses that have so far been excluded from existing support packages.’
John Stewart MLA
Dr Steve Aiken OBE MLA