A third of & # 39; the economy of & # 39; a UK has & # 39; shut down & # 39; because of the coronavirus pandemic, MPs were warned today.
Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chamber of Commerce, made the staggering revelation when & # 39; increased pressure on Boris Johnson to get an exit from & # 39; to solve a crisis.
Mr Marshall warned that another third of & # 39; companies & # 39; with some difficulty & # 39;
Retail, hospitality, catering, leisure and manufacturers were one of the least affected, he said, when he & # 39; s he & # 39; appeared in the distance for the Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy committee tomorrow.
It came as official figures showed that two-thirds of & # 39; companies in & # 39; t The UK for government assistance has applied to pay wages for furloughed staff, but less than a fifth have received support so far.
Mr. Marshall said, & # 39; We have seen significant impact right in & # 39; e economy, right in the UK.
Adam Marshall, director-general of the British Chamber of Commerce, made the astonishing revelation as pressure on Boris Johnson grew to be an exit from the & # 39; a crisis
Retail, hospitality, catering, leisure and manufacturers were one of the least affected he said then & # 39; t he of & # 39; This morning he appeared in the distance for the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee
Boris Johnson is set to signal a lockdown will remain until June today, around & # 39; he collects cabinet to create a & # 39; exit strategy & # 39; to throw out
& # 39; About a third of & # 39; e economy functions as normal, a third functions with some difficulty and about a third is closed due to quitting.
& # 39; Our data shows that retail, hospitality, catering, leisure, and manufacturers are some of & # 39; have the biggest impact so far.
& # 39; We also see a huge impact on international trade. We have seen volumes fall in some of our trading indicators of about 25 percent in the past six weeks. & # 39;
The National Statistics Office (ONS) said the coronavirus job retention government plan was the most popular support program, with 66 percent of & # 39; surveyed companies not applying.
But the data from 5,158 companies revealed that just 19 percent of companies that have requested assistance have received help since it went live on April 20.
More than half – 56 percent – of companies also applied for the VAT proposal, although just 42 percent received support.
Boris Johnson is set to signal a lockdown will remain until June today, around the time he & # 39; s gathering the cabinet to create a & # 39; exit strategy & # 39; – and then face a daily coronavirus briefing for the first time since he got sick.
The prime minister is expected to hope for a close end to the "draconian stalemates that will cripple the economy," and claim that the " a killer disease again rampant would do even worse damage.
B&Q has already opened its 288 UK stores today and has & # 39; strict social distance measures & # 39; instead. (Image image)
Mr. Johnson will & # 39; R & # 39; number – the reproductive frequency of the virus – at the heart of & # 39; strike, and says he will take no action that & # 39; t rise above it, meaning it is growing.
Sources from the & # 39; government have indicated that he will also defend calls to treat the public like & # 39; adults & # 39; by discussing ways in which the lockdown can be granted, and says it & # 39; is too early & # 39;
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, told the commission that 69 percent of non-retailers & # 39; significantly & # 39; is affected by the virus.
She added: "There is no way anyone expects the question to return to what it was before – it will be a slow merge."
& # 39; What social distance implements will mean is limiting normal capacity to serve customers and, certainly, from a public perspective, I have no doubt that people will be very careful about how they shop, for security reasons and because of pressure on money in their pockets.
& # 39; It is important not to disable the tap, so the government should be careful about how & # 39; financial aid schemes are tapered. & # 39;
B&Q has reopened all its UK locations today, to try and prevent the country from lockdown.
The DIY store confirmed that its 288 stores were now open to the public after the company was forced to close on March 25.
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