“…Thank you for your letters to the Secretary of State and to the Chancellor of 15 April, and your letters of 2 April to the Prime Minister outlining the importance of the aluminium industry and the Government’s Covid-19 business support packages.
I recognise that this is a challenging time for those working in manufacturing industries and I am grateful for the work of the Aluminium Federation in supporting its members during this unprecedented period. As the Secretary of State said in his letter to manufacturing sectors on 8 April, Government is very mindful of the importance of the aluminium industry’s contribution to essential supply chains and the resilience of our nation, which is why we have not restricted manufacturing under the current rules.
I appreciate the open and frank exchange of information and views you are providing at this critical time. This is helping Government fine-tune its business support programmes and strike the necessary balance between providing the support that business requires, whilst protecting taxpayers’ money.
You may have seen that in response to industry feedback, including from ALFED and your members, on 16 April the Government announced revised rules for companies accessing the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS).
I know that you are speaking regularly with my officials and that we will shortly speak regarding the issues which are of most concern to your members at this time. We remain keen to continue to engage with you over the coming weeks and months to ensure that the aluminium industry is in the best possible position to respond to the challenges presented by Covid-19…”
NADHIM ZAHAWI MP
Minister for Business and Industry