The UK’s busiest postman has delivered a new missive from UKHospitality to chancellor Rishi Sunak as the industry faces continued uncertainty.

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As if losing Christmas sales and facing a bleaker than usual January and February wasn’t bad enough, the trade association says the removal of the Jobs Retention Bonus will leave a £2.1bn black hole in sector finances.

UkHospitality is demanding:

  • A successor scheme to the Jobs Retention Bonus
  • Extension of the business rates holiday for another year from April
  • Continuing the VAT cut for hospitality and tourism until the end of 2021
  • A workable solution to the huge rent dent handing over the sector, supported by a moratorium extension
  • Maintenance of the VAT Retail Export Scheme

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