The poll of business leaders in the restaurant, pub and QSR sector, found that 87% of respondents believe the policy announcement has only marginal benefits and was not long enough to address the issue properly.
By contrast, only 13% believe the Government’s actions offered ‘vital support’.
When asked what would solve the rent arrears issue, 40% of all surveyed believe there should be Government grants for landlords to pay back arrears, with 26% of respondents believing that debts should be written off.
However, 16% of respondents believe the Government should stay out of solving the rent arrears issue, and that tenants and landlords should reach their own agreements.
Just under a third of operators (30%) think there should be a review of legislation on commercial leases.
Confidence among respondents has taken a knock. Among those who took the survey, 69% are confident about the future of their business, down from 75% the previous week.
The Hospitality Leaders Poll is a conducted by Lumina Intelligence on behalf of BigHospitality, MCA, and the Morning Advertiser.