Retail NI Comments on Unemployment Figures

Commentating on the new Labour Market Statistics published by NISRA this morning, Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:

“These figures are a real cause for concern with unemployment up thirty-three thousand since March and record levels of redundancies. With the Furlough scheme now tapering off, we have a real fear that these figures will worsen over the next few months”

“Over the past few weeks, I have visited numerous villages, towns and cities in Northern Ireland, speaking to local retailers, who have told me of just how bad the situation is with dozens of businesses facing likely closure. Given the growing number of retail outlets closing as a result of Covid-19, this is no longer a high streets crisis – it is a high streets emergency”

“Retail NI has successfully lobbied for the establishment of a High Street Taskforce to co-ordinate a comprehensive recovery plan – this group now needs to hit the ground running with a big bold regeneration plan”

“We also need Governments in Belfast and London to agree a ‘Marshall Plan’ of stimulus and recovery for our high streets, villages, towns and cities before irreversible damage is done to our local economy”

 Glyn Roberts 07515710517