Labour Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris has said that she fears many beauty businesses will not survive until Christmas without more support.
Carolyn Harris MP is calling for a VAT reduction, similar to that of the hospitality sector, for the beauty sector.
Harris wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this Summer, but says that since then things have got worse.
“I really worry that a lot of them will have gone under by Christmas at this rate,” she said. “Unless we start making sure they are protected, they are going to have to think about redundancies, or closing up – especially the mobile therapists – who have only got themselves. Why not give them that support now to keep to them going, tide them over, so they’re still viable when this all ends and they’re able to reopen fully.”
The treasury has said that they keep all taxes under review and said: “We’ve supported the beauty sector from the start of the outbreak, protecting jobs through business rates holidays, our income support schemes, VAT deferrals and cash grants of up to £25,000. Our Winter Economy Plan will ensure this continues in the difficult months to come.”