NEWS


  • DEVON COMMUNITIES AND BUSINESSES RECEIVE LARGEST SHARE OF SOUTH WEST CORONAVIRUS FUNDING

    Mel Stride

    NEW FIGURES show the breakdown of central government funding for local authorities to help support communities and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic. In total the South West has received £3 billion, with £2.5 billion being passed on to support the region's businesses. The funding includes direct support for local authorities, emergency funding to support rough sleepers, business rates relief, grants for small businesses and support for local transport systems. 

    Devon has received the largest share in the South West with £688 million. This includes £189 million in business rates relief, £386 million in business grants and £9 million of Council Tax Hardship funding to help lower income families. 

    Central Devon MP Mel Stride, who chairs the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee and has pressed for additional help for businesses, said: 

    "It is good news that the four district and borough councils covering our Central Devon constituency have received more than £185 million between them to distribute to communities and businesses reeling from the pandemic. This is in addition to the £47 million provided to Devon County Council for adult social care and children services. The Government must continue to do everything it can to ensure businesses survive what will undoubtedly be a very difficult period ahead."

    In addition to the funding for local councils, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority has received £1.6 million.