MP welcomes financial support for local businesses

Wealden MP Nus Ghani has welcomed the announcement of new grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses.

These businesses will be closed until February half term at the earliest, and businesses in these sectors that have been forced to close can claim a one-off grant payment of up to £9,000. Local authorities will receive the funding next week and are being encouraged to make payments as soon as possible.

This one-off grant is in addition to the existing monthly Local Restriction Support Grants.

A further £500 million is also being made available for Local Authorities to support other businesses not eligible for the grants but might be affected by the restrictions.

The Government has also provided 100% business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses, extended the furlough scheme to April and extended the 100% government backed loans until March.

Nus Ghani said: “I’ve worked tirelessly to keep Wealden out of the toughest level of restrictions under the tier system and it is regrettable to be in a third national lockdown. The unintended consequences of lockdown run deep in Wealden and our businesses are on their knees. Wealden District Council has done a great job in supporting our businesses and communities throughout the past year, and I am delighted that this additional funding will enable our local leaders to continue to support our struggling businesses through to the spring. I encourage business owners to check the eligibility criteria and get in touch with Wealden District Council to access this much needed boost.”