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667 firms to be awarded £1.5m in Copeland

More than 660 businesses in Copeland will receive more than £1.5 million in grants this week.

The grants are being made to 667 businesses, eligible for the Local Restriction Support Grant (closed), that have been forced to close as a result of Government restrictions during December and January.

The payments include an upfront cash amount for the current lockdown period – January 5 to February 15.

Businesses are urged to check their email accounts for a gov.uk email from Copeland Borough Council’s business rates team, which will contain details of grant amounts being paid.

An authority spokesman said businesses should be vigilant against fraudsters at this time and assured owners that it would never ask for account details or confidential information through this address.

The payments are in addition to the one-off top-up grants of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak earlier this month.

The council said it was waiting for further guidance and will update businesses with more information on when this payment will be made, when possible.

Copeland Council’s revenues team continues to process payments for the Additional Restrictions Grant and Local Restrictions Support Grant (open).

Businesses are advised not to contact the council further if they have already applied for these grants.

Wet-let pubs are reminded to apply for the £1,000 Christmas Support Payment on or before the closing date of January 29.

For more information visit https://www.copeland.gov.uk/coronavirus-resources-business

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