Tuesday 12 January 2021 / 1:05 PM Business / Lucy Powell

Lucy Powell comments on British Retail Consortium 2020 figures

Lucy Powell MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Business and Consumers, commenting on new British Retail Consortium figures showing that 2020 was the worst year on record for retail sales growth, said:

“The pandemic has accelerated changes to the way we shop, threatening the future of our high streets. Yet the government continues to disadvantage bricks and mortar businesses over those online companies that have seen profits rise through this crisis.

“Business support is inadequate and the Tories’ sticking plaster solution for closed non-essential retail is worth less than in the first lockdown. Without a comprehensive long term plan to tide firms through lockdown and to recovery, the government will be responsible for losses to jobs and livelihoods.”