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Scarborough Borough Businesses Receive Coronavirus Support Grants

Scarborough Borough Businesses Receive Coronavirus Support Grants

Published by Matthew Pells at 9:41am 4th April 2020.

The first businesses across the Borough of Scarborough who are eligible for help under the government’s coronavirus support scheme have received their money.

£2.7m has already reached 220 businesses impacted by Covid-19 across Scarborough, Filey and Whitby.

Scarborough Borough Council says it has been working hard ever since the scheme was announced to get systems in place to pay out the cash. Council staff, who are following government coronavirus advice and working from home, are now in a position to process several hundred grant pay outs every day. They will be working Monday to Sunday, including evenings, to ensure all eligible businesses receive the money.

When each payment is completed, the money usually reaches the eligible business in two or three days depending on the speed of their bank. Businesses that have provided an email address to the council will be issued with a remittance advice.

Although the money is from a national fund, distribution is being managed by local councils throughout the country. There are more than 4,000 businesses throughout Filey, Scarborough and Whitby that are eligible to receive one of two grants. The small business grant fund (SBGF) of £10,000 is for businesses in receipt of small business rates relief or rural rates relief. The retail, hospitality and leisure grant (RHLG) is for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors that have rateable values of less than £51,000. They will receive a payment of £10,000 or £25,000 depending on the actual rateable value of their business property.

The council’s share of the government financial support to distribute to businesses totals £68 million.

The council has already been in contact with many businesses via email or phone to promote the help and support available. Although there is no formal application process, businesses must provide additional information before the money can be paid. A fraud check is also part the process. The additional information form can be found on the coronavirus page of the council’s website.

Cllr Janet Jefferson, Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Finance and Operations, said:

“We pledged 10 days ago that we wouldn’t waste any time in getting these grants paid to businesses in the borough impacted by the coronavirus. Our staff have worked tirelessly for more than a week to get everything set up. The fact that the first grants were transferred within hours of us receiving the funds from government is a tribute to their hard work.

We will continue to work as fast as we can to get the rest of the money to all the other eligible businesses, but I ask owners to be patient with us as we have to process over 4,000 payments."

 

 

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