Local MP Alan Mak welcomes latest figures showing scale of Government support for people and businesses in Havant

​​​​​​New statistics showing the huge Government support to individuals and businesses in the Havant Constituency have been welcomed by local MP Alan Mak.

Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Conservative Government has provided a huge and unprecedented package of support to protect both lives and livelihoods through this incredibly challenging period. In total, more than £160 billion has been provided as part of the Government’s economic response to coronavirus, and the latest statistics from the Treasury now show the scale of that support in the Havant Constituency.

  • 12,100 people have had their job protected through the Job Retention Scheme, which has allowed employers to furlough workers while the Government has provided up to 80 per cent of their wages.
  • Self-employed people in the Havant Constituency have accessed £13.7M worth of Government grants, which do not need to be paid back, to cover lost earnings.
  • £31.3M has been paid out to local businesses in the form of Bounce Back Loans, which provides loans of up to £50,000 within days of an application.
  • £11.5M  worth of grants has been handed out to businesses in the Havant Constituency, which do not need to be paid back.

While much of this support has been focused on supporting people through the immediate crisis, the Government has recently set out the next phase of its economic response. In June, the Prime Minister unveiled the New Deal for Britain – accelerating billions of pounds worth of infrastructure projects to get the country building and kickstart the economy – followed by the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs in July, which set out how the Government intends to create, protect and support jobs in the months ahead, backed by up to £30 billion.

Commenting, Alan Mak MP said: “This year has been hugely challenging for people and businesses across the Havant Constituency, and these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to support lives and local livelihoods. I’ve visited businesses across our area like the Hayling Island Book Shop which benefited from a £10,000 grant and they say this money has been vital to keeping them afloat and able to re-open”.

“As we now work to restart our economy, the Government will continue to support people in our local community. Schemes such as the hugely popular Eat Out to Help Out are already proving a huge success at getting customers back into local businesses.

“The Government’s agenda to level up the whole country been so important – giving businesses the confidence to retain and hire, create jobs and ensure young people have the opportunity of a better start across Havant.”

Photo:  Alan Mak MP with owner Colin Telford from Hayling Island Book Shop as they re-open after receiving a £10,000 Government grant