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Hospitality Ulster CEO Calls For Government Payment For Furloughed NI Hospitality Sector Staff To Be Brought Forward

Published on Apr 2 2020 11:18 AM in General Industry tagged: Trending Posts / Hospitality Ulster

Hospitality Ulster CEO Calls For Government Payment For Furloughed NI Hospitality Sector Staff To Be Brought Forward

Hospitality Ulster CEO Colin Neill has called for government payment for furloughed hospitality sector staff in Northern Ireland to be brought forward from the end of April.

Lack Of Cash Reserves

In a statement published on Hospitality Ulster's website, Neill said, "In normal circumstances, most small hospitality businesses only have two weeks' cash reserves. But, with the gradual rundown of business before they were closed by the prime minister, these reserves were already under pressure, if not totally exhausted. This means that many pubs, restaurants and hotels have been unable to pay furloughed staff all or, in some cases, any of their wages.

"Time and cash are now running out for the majority of hospitality businesses, and if government does not act now to bring forward payments, we will be back where we started, with businesses being forced to lay off staff.

"Whilst the government grants are starting to come through for the smallest businesses, the majority of businesses have yet to receive any money, and businesses with a NAV over £51,000 are ineligible. Even premises that have received grants are seeing the money eaten up by outstanding bills and rents, much as the prime minister suggested when he announced the grants."

© 2020 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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