They welcome that this weekend salons have been able to get back to “close contact” services such as eyebrow threading, eyelash treatments and facials, but they insist an urgent financial support package is needed. Writing on behalf of Parliament’s all-party group for “beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing”, MPs Carolyn Harris and Judith Cummins press for action to help an industry they say “contributes £30billion to the UK economy and employs over 370,000 people”
They state: “As its businesses have had to remain closed much longer than the rest of the economy, many with next to no source of income, the Treasury should extend the temporary deferral of VAT payments implemented during the pandemic…The Government should extend the current business premises eviction protection beyond September 30…
“The industry needs a financial support package to ensure the long-term health of the industry. It is in the interest of the economy and society that the hair, beauty and wellness industry thrives as it is the lifeblood of local communities across the UK.
“The industry cannot be overlooked any longer.”
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Jack Tang, the founder of mobile salon business Urban said: “I’m delighted that our practitioner partners can resume their services… However, it has been a long fight and the impact of the Covid pandemic on the mobile beauty sector has been devastating.
“The Government has done virtually nothing to support the beauty industry which adds £30bn to the economy every year. The sector urgently needs a financial support package and to be treated with the respect it deserves.”