CUMNOCK MP Allan Dorans has called on the Chancellor to help save the UK’s aviation, travel and tourism industries by extending the furlough scheme for them.

The SNP member signed a cross party letter, which was

organised by Conservative MP Henry Smith and The Future of Aviation Group, calling on the Chancellor to consider the exceptional circumstances facing these sectors.

It says that because they will take significantly longer than other industries to recover, they should be allowed to continue the current COVID-19 furlough scheme.

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP Mr Dorans said: “Our aviation, travel and tourism industries have been amongst the worst affected by the coronavirus and will take far longer to recover than most sectors.

“Aviation is an economic enabler and it will be central to rebuilding our economy.

“The Government must extend the coronavirus job retention scheme beyond October to support the millions of jobs in these sectors and to allow them to play their full role in our economic recovery.”

The MP added: “Cutting off this support before these sectors have been able to recover will have disastrous consequences for everyone in the country, including many of my constituents in Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.”


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