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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

What help is there available to businesses who are struggling to pay their staff?

Information about if you are struggling to pay your staff

On 20 March the government announced the creation of a new job retention scheme which will cover up to 80 per cent of wage costs backdated to 1 March, for a period of three months, or longer if needed.  Grants are likely to be available to businesses within weeks and more information can be found on the gov.uk website.

The business loans that were previously announced will be available from Monday 23 March and will now be interest free for 12 months (was 6 months).

You can read more information relating to COVID19 and businesses here.