Our Taxation and Benefits team have been working hard to help businesses get the support they need. They’ve been working long hours to process applications for grants – making sure this money gets to business owners as quickly as possible. Over the past week, we’ve received over 1,200 grant applications and given out over £11m in support.
Find out more about business support here.
The way decisions are made by the Council is different at the moment because we’re not holding public meetings. To keep up to date about the decisions that have been taken by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Mark Crane and the Chief Executive Officer, Janet Waggott, you can visit these pages. These pages are regularly updated with the latest decisions.
Supporting shielded residents
We’re contacting residents who have been identified as ‘shielding’ – these are the people identified as most high risk by the Government from the Coronavirus. There are 10,000 in North Yorkshire within this category. We’re contacting those in our district who identified at the start of the lockdown as not needing support – around 500 people. We’re carrying out a welfare check to ensure their situations have not changed since registering.
Remember, there is one central phone number - 01609 780 780 - for residents to access help if they need it.
Stay Safe online
We’re working with police colleagues to get the message out about some of the scams and tricks they’ve seen across the country. This includes things like text messages seemingly from the government asking for bank details for support payments, or text messages about fake fines, emails that can install malware on your personal devices, or people selling fake products. Stay aware and look out for family and friends.
There’s a new website to help North Yorkshire businesses and tradespeople who can work under Coronavirus restrictions. The website allows a business or tradesperson to share what they offer with customers who need their services.
Buy local is ran by North Yorkshire County Council, the aim of this is to help people find local services that are still available.
If you’re a traders or business, you will need to register on the Buy Local website. Buy Local will help create a comprehensive one-stop shop for North Yorkshire residents.
If you know a business or tradesperson, please share and encourage them to get involved.