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SWT to simplify grant claims process

08 January 2021 : Council news, Business

SWT is finalising a scheme to simplify the claims process for business grants being administered on behalf of the Government.
The Council has processed a range of mandatory and discretionary grants throughout the various tier restrictions and lockdowns each with differing criteria and application windows.
It has delivered funding of over £47m to eligible local businesses so far including payments totalling £2,522,960 for the Second National Lockdown period and £605,000 for Tier 2 restrictions.
Local authorities are still waiting for details around one-off tier 4 payments as well as funding for Tier 3, 4 and the Third National Lockdown, which are expected in mid-January.
In the meantime, SWT is planning to implement the new claims process as quickly as possible.
The new system will allow businesses to register their details with SWT enabling the Council to identify their potential entitlement to the various schemes and invite them to submit applications via a simple e-mail process. 
Businesses which have previously successfully claimed for support during the Second National Lockdown or Tier 2 periods will not need to re-register.
Cllr Marcus Kravis, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “The number and variety of schemes that we are now having to operate makes this a complex process.
“I’m proud of how quickly we have been able to process claims so far, getting payments out quickly to many of our local businesses.
“These grants, which are non-repayable, provide a vital lifeline for businesses and we want to help them further by simplifying and speeding-up the claims process, ensuring our diverse local businesses get the support they are entitled to.”

The new claims process will be accessible from the Covid business support page of our website.
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