Suffering businesses forced to wait months for urgent help

After waiting almost six weeks for Labor’s supposedly ‘urgent’ commercial rates relief, it’s been revealed that struggling businesses will have to wait three more months for financial support, pushing many businesses to the brink. 

Almost six weeks since the government trumpeted financial support to businesses in the media, now that the details have finally been released, small businesses have pointed out that the money will not flow until at least July because applications rely on quarterly Business Activity Statements.

“If it wasn’t bad enough that the ACT was the last place in Australia to have a business support package announced, now struggling employers are being forced even closer to the brink because of Labor’s approach,” the Leader of the Canberra Liberals Alistair Coe said.

“We need to be doing everything we can to support our local businesses and protect jobs because the livelihoods of so many Canberrans depends on them. This is absolutely vital for our economic recovery.

“It was bad enough that the ACT was the last place in Australia to get a business support package and the last place to open local schools, Labor is now ensuring that Canberra is at the bottom of the board in backing businesses that are doing it tough.

“These painful delays to help suffering local businesses are emblematic of a tired, old government that has the wrong priorities,” Mr Coe said.