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Casinos call for hospitality rescue package

By Rebecca Latios - Contributor
3 weeks ago

The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak and the HM Treasury to provide financial support and help protect 14,000 jobs that are at risk due to new latest Covid-19 curfew.

Their statement was made after Sunak addressed the House of Commons and revealed that from the 1st November the government would run a six-month Job Support Scheme to subsidize furloughed employees’ return to work. Sunak said the new scheme would see the government fund a third of wages for employees returning back to work on a part-time basis – with employee grants capped at £697 per month.

The Betting and Gaming council expressed their concerns as the government’s contribution to workers’ pay will fall sharply compared with the furlough scheme. Under furlough, it initially paid 80% of a monthly wage of up to £2,500 – under the new scheme, this will drop to 22%.

“The Chancellor must implement an urgent economic package which enables casinos to stay open and protect jobs so that, when the pandemic is over, they can play their part in getting the British economy back on its feet,” said Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of the Betting and Gaming Council.