Home Business News Leaked Cabinet Office papers show Plan B to stop the spread of the virus will cost £18,000,000,000

Leaked Cabinet Office papers show Plan B to stop the spread of the virus will cost £18,000,000,000

27th Oct 21 12:25 pm

Leaked government papers has shown that the cost of putting England into “Plan B” would cost the economy a whopping £18bn.

There have been numerous calls over the weeks for Boris Johnson to bring back some restrictions to protect the NHS as some doctors have warned they are already nearing crisis point.

Politico has reported that Johnson was warned by the Cabinet Office and the Treasury that should they implement restrictions for five months until 31 March, then this will between £11bn to £18bn.

The government has previously said that data shows there is no need for Plan B and said, “The presumptions put forward here are untrue, and do not reflect government policy. There is no planned five-month timeline.”

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have warned that if the government were to impose restrictions then venues could lose around £2bn in revenue.

However, the DCMS said, “There is good evidence to suggest certification would have a beneficial impact on infection rates.

“There is currently no evidence to suggest businesses have been impacted by lower attendance when certification is used.”

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