Snow help from government

The government must review its contingency plans after weeks of snow and icy weather have brought the UK to a ‘standstill’, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).


The government must review its contingency plans after weeks of snow and icy weather have brought the UK to a ‘standstill’, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The government must review its contingency plans after weeks of snow and icy weather have brought the UK to a ‘standstill’, says the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

The body says that the authorities did not learn from the lessons of last February’s snowfall and could have prepared better for the recent spate of bad weather.

Some 124 million working hours were lost last week due to weather conditions, as 45 per cent of British workers faced travel disruptions, according to research from IT company Citrix.

John Wright, national chairman of the FSB, says: ‘Small businesses have been particularly hard-hit during the recent bad weather, with staff unable to make it to work because of school closures and snow-bound roads. We need to be better prepared with more salt stocks for roads and better guidance for head teachers on when to close schools, to prevent staff from missing days of work and bringing the country – and the economy – to a standstill.’

The Met Office has today issued warnings of heavy snow for North West England, the West Midlands and southern England.

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