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West Berkshire welcomes announcement on new discretionary business grants

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West Berkshire Council is among the top 25 percent nationally for the distribution of Covid-19 business grants to businesses, according to government figures, published by the Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills. The council continues to pay grants and as of today has paid £23.3m of grants to over 1,800 businesses across the district. 

The council is urging those businesses who are eligible for the funding but who have not yet returned their grant claim form to do so as soon as possible. Once these forms are received, funding should then be paid to them within three working days of receipt.

The council has also welcomed the news that further funding will be allocated to support businesses struggling with the impact of Covid-19, which was announced on 2 May. This additional funding, which is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs, will be awarded at the discretion of local authorities based on local need following the receipt of further central government guidance.

Commenting on the news, Ross Mackinnon, Executive Member for Finance and Economic Development, said: 

"We are very pleased to receive this news, which is something we have been asking of the government, through our local MPs, in recent weeks. We anticipate that this additional scheme will provide grants to between 100 and 150 businesses.

"Our strong performance in distributing the existing scheme puts us in a good place to ensure that appropriate checks are completed for the new scheme and to get this money to businesses who need it as soon as we have the new guidance from the government. 

"This funding will be a really important part of our work to help the local economy recover and we look forward to working with our businesses and partners on this."