Monday 11 May update

Business Support

The government has announced a new grant scheme for businesses who’ve not benefited from the previous funding we’ve given out.  This new scheme aims to support small businesses who still have to pay property costs, for example ongoing rent.

We’re working up details of the local scheme as a high priority.  This includes confirming exactly who’ll get the funding and how much each eligible business will receive.  We know some small businesses have not been able to access the other grant schemes and are really struggling in current circumstances.  Once details are confirmed, we’ll be publicising via our website and social media, as well as making direct contact with companies who we think will qualify.

Testing

Test centres continue to operate across in North Yorkshire. The location of these is reviewed in line with the latest information and demand filtered through the Local Resilience Forum.  Details about how eligible people can book tests is here.

Waste and Recycling Centres

Our colleagues at North Yorkshire County Council have announced the reopening of the Selby’s Household Waste and Recycling Centre. There are some additional rules in place now to ensure the safety of staff working at the sites and those disposing of their waste. Find out more.

Message from Cllr Mark Crane

The community response to Coronavirus has been praised by Council Leader, Cllr Mark Crane. He’s paid tribute to communities working together to support each other, businesses adapting to the pandemic and key workers continuing to deliver services.

He said, “Every day we hear of people supporting others in their community they’ve never met or delivering food for older people who can no longer get out.  At this difficult, and sometimes anxious, time the smallest acts of kindness make the biggest difference.

“We’ve been really inspired to see the way communities have responded and I’d like to thank our residents, businesses and communities for the way they’ve dealt with this situation and for demonstrating how our district comes together in times of crisis.

“Like many organisations, our own services have had to change and our staff have adapted to working differently, or in different parts of our organisation, so we can continue to deliver much needed help and support.  Just one example of this has been the way our officers have worked evenings and weekends to distribute the Government’s business grants as quickly as possible to support companies in these difficult times.  Council officers are our ‘hidden’ key workers but I know their hard work is appreciated by everyone we’ve helped.

“We’re working closely with North Yorkshire County Council, Public Health colleagues, Local Enterprise Partnerships and others to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus on our communities and those in need. Our community response has seen the establishment of Community Support Organisations to cover our district. They have funding to coordinate the local community response and manage enquiries alongside us and other voluntary and community organisations.

“We know this is an incredibly difficult time for all, especially those whose livelihoods are uncertain. We’re lobbying Government for rapid implementation of budget decisions on business support and relaxation of a range of costs and requirements.

“We recognise the scale of the challenge we’re facing and will do all we can to work through this and ensure a positive future for our district.”