ANKO believes that the previous cabinet’s “generous support” has not been met and advocates better support. “This is a very deep wound that will not heal for now unless the new cabinet takes action,” said Maurice Crusio, chairman of ANKO.
Hairdressers have had to use their own savings and pension pots to stay afloat, and have also borrowed money and deferred payments, Crusio says. “The margins in our industry are small and it will take many years to refill those jars, if that works at all! To be honest, without real government support, we are bleak.”
Part of the reason aid is so meager is the way it is calculated. For example, December is a busy month for hairdressers as the majority of sales fall in the fourth quarter, but with only part of the lockdown falling into this month, it is difficult for many hairdressers to meet the required 20% or 30% drop in sales. in the district. ANKO indicates. At the end of 2020 there was a similar problem.
In addition, subsidies are only granted for salaries and fixed costs. The entrepreneurs themselves, who also did not earn anything, received no support and still had to continue paying their groceries and rent or mortgage. The professional association calculates that the hairdressers have been closed for a total of 22 weeks or 5 months. Almost 30,000 hairdressers earned nothing during this time.
Crusio therefore wants politicians to take a closer look at the support offered. “Now that the numbers are increasingly showing that the aid package is anything but generous, we urge the Cabinet to review the overall damage and find solutions that will truly benefit all entrepreneurs now and in the future.”