Wakefield Council urges businesses in need of help to get in touch

Any business needing support to apply for lockdown government grants is being urged to get in touch with Wakefield Council – where immediate help is on hand.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 12:30 pm
Wakefield Town Hall

The council has so far received over 2,500 applications for the government financial support during the tier 2 and national restriction measures. It has already processed 1,000 of the applications so far.

The council has a team of experts ready to support.

Coun Darren Byford, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “We are here to do all we can to support businesses at this difficult time and I’m delighted to say we were the first local authority in the region to go live with our application.

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“We want every business that is eligible for this grant, to receive it as soon as possible. Unfortunately we have a number of applications completed incorrectly and we are working through the anomalies on a case by case basis. I would urge anyone who thinks they can benefit from a bit of help getting the form sorted to ring our team - they have all the knowledge and expertise to guide people through the process.”

The funding that the Council has been allocated for this period of time, is of a discretionary nature and is called the Additional Restrictions Grant.

Businesses in Wakefield can apply to the scheme via the application form available on www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/ to help them during the coronavirus outbreak and eligible businesses in the district are urged to apply.

Anyone requiring help or support, can call Wakefield First and speak to an adviser who can help on 01924 306630.

For further help and support, please visit the Council’s dedicated webpage for businesses at www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/ which has a range of FAQ’s to refer to including help with cash-flow problems, tax liabilities, account managers they can talk to and advice on managing staff during these difficult times or alternatively contact [email protected]