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£44 Million Paid Out to Scarborough Businesses

£44 Million Paid Out to Scarborough Businesses

Published by Jon Burke at 3:58pm 23rd April 2020.

Scarborough Borough Council says it is leading the way in supporting the borough’s economy during the coronavirus pandemic.

The authority says paying the government’s coronavirus grants to businesses has been a top priority and that it has put significant resource and effort into the process, so that it can provide the support needed as quickly as possible.

As of Wednesday 22 April, the council says it's paid out £44.7million in coronavirus grants to 3,933 businesses.

Recent figures published by the government show that the council has been named as one of the top local authorities in the country for the amount of support it has given out, listed as 17th out of 314 councils.

The council also says it's working with local business organisations to reach out to the borough’s businesses to ensure they get the support they need.

Leader of Scarborough Borough Council, Cllr Steve Siddons, said:

“Our priority is making sure we are at the heart of supporting businesses in our communities during this challenging time. We will also have an important role to play in helping businesses get back on their feet after coronavirus, understanding the impact on our economy and leading the way in supporting the economic recovery of our borough. We are already planning for this and we are working with our partners to determine the most suitable recovery strategy for our area.

In the meantime, our hard working staff are continuing to make great progress in paying the business grants and I’d like to sincerely thank them for everything they are doing. They have worked seven days a week, including evenings, taking hundreds of calls and contacting hundreds of businesses. Their efforts will continue every day until all eligible businesses have received their money.”

The council would like to reiterate the call it made last week that it can only pay grants to businesses that have supplied the required information. Eligible businesses that haven’t yet completed the online data form for a grant should do so as quickly as possible via the coronavirus page at scarborough.gov.uk.

The council says it's almost up to date with acknowledging receipt of all data forms and is focusing on the more complex, incomplete cases, those where it needs to seek further clarification and also chasing businesses who have not yet submitted a form.

Therefore, the council says, with the exception of businesses that have submitted a form since last weekend, anyone that hasn’t had notification of payment should expect a call.

Business owners seeing 01723 232323 on their caller display, should answer the call so that queries can be answered and their grant processed as quickly as possible.

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