Published on 18th March 2020

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The council recognises the severe impact on local businesses and welcomes the commitment from government to support the economy with a £350bn financial package.

Some of the key measures will involve reducing business rates and making direct cash grants to businesses which have been identified by the government as needing help.  

Cllr Steve Jordan, leader of the council, says: “We very much welcome the chancellor’s announcement at this extremely difficult and unsettling time.

“Once the details of these additional measures are confirmed, we’ll inform our local businesses immediately about the support packages available to them and how these packages will be applied.

“Work has already started to increase the level of relief given to businesses following last week’s spring budget and revised bills are being issued.

“We are committed to work with our partners and government to ensure local businesses get the financial support they need.”

Further updates will be published on our website, through our social media channels and via our business networks.

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Key services are being re-prioritised to focus on vital issues including homelessness, environmental health and benefit payments. 

To ensure the council is fully equipped to support its communities and the most vulnerable, it is working at a strategic level with its multi-agency partners including the NHS, public health, police and partner councils, through the Local Resilience Forum, to ensure we are best placed to provide to support over the coming weeks and months.

Due to the need to refocus priorities, some changes have been made to some meetings and events.  Planning committee (19 March), Audit Committee (24 March) and Overview and Scrutiny (30 March) have been postponed. Shopmobility is currently closed. The decision has also been taken to cancel a number of local events, such as the Midsummer Fiesta, VE day activities, Children’s Festival and Cycling Festival. This is to ensure that the council is best placed to support local communities over the coming months.

The council will continue to review the situation, with government guidance and the public can stay informed using the council’s website and social media channels.

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