Anneliese Dodds got into a heated exchange on BBC Breakfast when she was told off for not recognising the “monumental” crisis of the coronavirus pandemic. The Shadow Chancellor and her party have been calling for alterations to the Government’s job retention schemes after it emerged that very few people and businesses had made use of them. The Labour minister tried to use Switzerland as a comparison, but was quickly shut down by BBC journalist Nina Warhurst who corrected her example.
Ms Warhurst told the MP: “The Chancellor has been quite agile, he’s amended these schemes.
“For example, he’s banned banks from asking small firms to provide guarantees.
“The British Chamber of Commerce have praised him, saying the Chancellor is listening and responding.
“Do you accept that this is monumental in scale and that teething problems are inevitable?”
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Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds
The Shadow Chancellor and her party have been calling for alterations to the Government’s job scheme
Ms Dodds shot back: “We absolutely do accept that this is an unprecedented package.
“In fact, we pushed for many elements of it, not least the job retention scheme, the furlough scheme and the loan scheme as well as the self-employed scheme.
“I’m pleased that they’re in place, but often there have needed to be changes made.
“We really do need to know whether these programmes are working and are getting to the people they need to get to.”
“I’m pleased that they’re in place, but often there have needed to be changes made.”
The Shadow Chancellor continued: “If you look at Switzerland, for example, very very large numbers of loans have been dispersed compared with the situation in the UK.
“So there is a blockage there and we need to have the data so we can identify where that hole is.”
The BBC presenter corrected: “In Switzerland, the Government does take on 100 percent of the loans so that’s where the distinction lies.”
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Ms Dodds added: “Actually, groups like the Federation of Small Businesses, for example, said we do need to have that data.
“We do need to know and we need to know more quickly than has occured until now, whether these programmes are working.
“This is about having a constructive relationship with Government, which we have had throughout.
“But making sure that the support that’s needed gets to businesses that need this right now.”
Labour has sugested underwriting 100 percent of the loans as one option of altering the loan scheme.