MPA calls for ‘cash bridge’ during COVID-19 crisis
Association seeks greater support for business facing extreme economic conditions
THE Mineral Products Association (MPA) has today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for greater support for businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic.
Nigel Jackson, MPA Chief Executive, called for a general facility to delay VAT, Corporation Tax and employers’ National Insurance contributions as a way to help member companies facing extreme economic conditions.
He wrote: ‘Businesses need more certainty and a ‘cash bridge’ to ensure that current viability is not destroyed purely because of the virus. Our members typically supply 1 million tonnes of essential mineral products every day to support construction and housing and will be key to your boost to infrastructure investment.
‘A general facility to delay VAT, Corporation Tax and employers’ National Insurance contributions would be extremely helpful to many businesses in our sector and doubtless others. ‘Time to Pay’ arrangements are an important option but leaving them as bespoke arrangements once businesses hit trouble risks HMRC being overwhelmed and companies becoming insolvent before arrangements can be made.
‘We seek greater assurance that these extraordinary circumstances will be met with exceptional treatment making it quick and easy for companies to use cash within the business to finance survival. Hard lessons were learned during the last recession and speed of response and ease of access to deliverable solutions is of paramount importance right now.
‘Our members are working hard to keep their operations going, supporting their employees, customers and wider society as we all face this challenge.’
The MPA says it is seeking a meeting with the Treasury and will continue to make representations on behalf of its members.