A Hull MP is calling on the government to extend the business rates relief the Government has granted the leisure and tourism industry to the caravan industry as manufacturers open up after lockdown.
Hull West & Hessle MP called an adjournment debate in the House of Commons last night to discuss the issue, and to ask for a “flexible, sector-based approach” to be adopted on ending the furlough scheme.
She said, “While 2021 may see the caravan holiday become more popular with an expected reduction in holidays abroad, this does not address the severe economic difficulties the industry will face this year.”
The leaders of both Hull City Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire have written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak asking for a business rates holiday for the industry. Hull’s Stephen Brady and East Riding’s Richard Burton both said they see “a bright future for the caravan industry provided they are able to get through the immediate problems caused by Covid-19.”
Both interventions have come just as Britain’s caravan manufacturers have restarted production. All reopened their factories at the start of June, with many dispatching sold caravans in the first week. So far, however, only Coachman has committed to holding a launch for its 2021 season, due to take place in late July.
Dealers, meanwhile, are reporting record sales this month, with increased interest from first time buyers and people put off holidaying abroad by new quarantine rules.