Statement on this week's announcement from the Arcadia Group putting dozens of jobs at risk in Hounslow

Hounslow Council's cabinet lead for jobs and the economy has called again for targeted support for areas like Hounslow

Published: Friday, 4th December 2020

Cllr Shantanu Rajawat - cabinet portfolio image

Hounslow Council's cabinet lead for jobs and the economy has called again for targeted support for areas like Hounslow to enable the council and its partners to develop a range of measures to support residents and businesses over tough months and years ahead.

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for aviation communities across the country have been stark with around 40,000 jobs and a likely £1 billion hit to Hounslow's economy. 

Reacting to this week's news of job losses in the Arcadia Group, which includes retail brands such as Debenhams and Top Man, Councillor Shantanu Rajawat, Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Services said, 

"This announcement puts dozens of jobs at risk between Debenhams and Wallis in Hounslow town centre, with a disproportionate impact for women workers and negative implications for our wider retail economy. Those affected have my deep sympathies, and these are very difficult times for people in Hounslow and across the UK.  As the pandemic takes its economic toll, these terrible announcements - on top of serious concerns for aviation communities and the loss of other businesses such as Cineworld - only add to an already huge burden for the people of Hounslow.

"Government needs to do more, particularly in heeding our calls for an Aviation Communities Fund. As a council we will continue to provide advice and support to people in difficulty in our communities, and to make the case to Government for investment in future jobs, skills and training."

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