Following the Government’s announcement regarding VAT cuts for the hospitality industry, the Hair and Barber Council, together with BABTAC and John McNally MP and Christina Rees MP, co-chairs of the APPG For Hairdressing, Barbering and Cosmetology, have written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to express their concerns about the hair and beauty sector being forgotten.
The letter, which can be read in full on the Hair & Barber Council Facebook page, said: “It is clear that the Hair and Beauty industry has been impacted in much the same way as those in the hospitality sector and has been subject to the same restrictions as hotels, pubs, cafes and restaurants. Hair and beauty practitioners are following similar, if not more stringent rules around social distancing and hygiene.”
“Your Plan for Jobs rightly aimed to boost the hospitality sector via the VAT cut and the Eat Out to Help out discount. These are welcome initiatives that should be applauded. However, the exclusion of the 49,000 hair and beauty businesses operating in the UK is unfair and indicates a lack of understanding from the Government the importance of the sector to the economy and the 337,00 people employed.”
As an affiliate of the Hair & Barber Council, we, fully support this stance and applaud the Council, BABTAC, John McNally MP and Christina Rees MP for their continued efforts to raise the profile of the hair and barber industries. Read the full letter here.