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Dozens of coaches have spent the afternoon making themselves heard in Westminster.

They’ve been driving round in circles in Parliament Square blasting their horns – the industry says they have been forgotten by the government during the pandemic.

I asked the Department for Transport for its reaction earlier this afternoon.

A spokesman said the government has rovided a generous and wide-ranging package of support for businesses.

“Our job retention scheme has helped a million employers and protected more
than nine million jobs across the U.K. We have extended it until October –
meaning it will have been open for eight months and will continue to
support businesses as the economy reopens and people return to work,” they said.

They also highlighted other support measures like bounce back
loans, tax deferrals, business rates holidays and more than £10 billion of
grants.

“Last week the Chancellor announced the second part of our support
for the economy through his Plan for Jobs, giving businesses the confidence to
retain and hire, and providing people with the tools they need to get better
jobs, including supporting jobs with a £1,000 Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus
for employers.”

The coach industry wants help that is specifically tailored to them.

Today’s demonstration will no doubt not be the last – loads of industries are hurting and hurting badly, in a recession without precedent in modern times.

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