David Davis MP urges the government to start getting people back to work.


As reported in the Hull Daily Mail:

The Prime Minister has been urged to allow small businesses to get back up and running and also to reopen small shops – starting in three weeks’ time.

Haltemprice and Howden MP David Davis has said it is now “essential we take the brakes off the economy” and get as many people as possible back to work.

Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Davis has argued a step-by-step blueprint is needed to help small businesses and shops in the first instance to re-open amid signs that coronavirus deaths in the UK are reaching their peak.

He said: “Assuming that we have this dreadful virus under control, it is now essential we take the brakes off the economy and get as many people as possible back to work.

“Starting in three weeks’ time, when this lockdown will be reviewed, we must do all we can to help small businesses get back up and running, as well as letting many more small shops open up again.

“We must kill off this virus threat – and move heaven and earth to protect those most at risk – but we must not kill off our economy in the process.

“All the data tells us that between 90 per cent and 97 per cent of the deaths have been of people with pre-existing health conditions – from heart disease to diabetes.

“There are about two million most at risk from the virus, and many are economically inactive. We must protect them as effectively as we can. For example, the supermarkets and delivery companies must be told that they are the absolute priority.

“They must stay self-isolating while the rest of the workforce gets back to work as soon as is practical and safe.

“Of course, we cannot go back immediately to the level of economic activity that we had before the virus. But we must start what will be a step-by-step process.

Mr Davis then goes on to say we must give small firms a tax holiday for two years.

He said: “I suggest we need a combination of tax cuts for small businesses and new spending on multiple infrastructure projects designed to get the economy back on its feet – a mixture of US-style Reaganomics and Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s.

“Small businesses should effectively not be asked to pay any tax for the next two years as they are vital for our longer-term economic regeneration.

“It is the men and women running small businesses who will lead our recovery, not the multinationals and conglomerates.”

“Behind the scenes, they must plan now to restart our economy and get the nation back to work – starting in three weeks’ time.”