Wyre Council acts quickly to support those in needPublished Thursday, 02 April 2020
This week Wyre Council has been supporting residents and businesses thanks to Wyre Together, a programme established to provide help throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Work has begun to help those most vulnerable in the community, as well as businesses suffering financial hardship as a result of coronavirus.
A new business support scheme went live in March to facilitate paying eligible businesses their share of the Government’s Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund quickly and efficiently.
Yesterday (Wednesday 1 April) the council received just under £32 million to support businesses eligible for the coronavirus business grants. In one day, payments of £3,770,000 have been made to 320 businesses who have expressed their gratitude for the hard work and reassurance from staff at the council. This work continues with payments being made for the foreseeable future until all eligible businesses receive their grant.
Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments, “Wyre Council has been working around the clock to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. It is expected that around 3,000 businesses will be eligible for the grants and we are doing everything we can to ensure these businesses receive their grants as quickly as possible. We would urge businesses who have not yet applied to do so as soon as possible by completing the form on our website at www.wyre.gov.uk/businesssupport.”
Wyre Together launched on Monday to help vulnerable people in the community to access support such as food parcels, signposting to groups that can help with shopping and picking up prescriptions, as well as contact to combat loneliness.
Councillor Henderson continues, “We have written to over 11,000 people over the age of 70 and are now contacting people on the Government’s shielded list plus other vulnerable people known to us. We are also actively encouraging those who have not been written to, but are struggling, to reach out to us.
“We’ve spoken to hundreds of people who need our help and we have provided food parcels to those in need.
“We are working closely with community groups to signpost people to local help and are also putting people in touch with Lancashire Volunteer Partnership’s befriending service so they can receive a friendly phone call and just chat, knowing they are not alone.
“We’re also supporting local food businesses and suppliers. Where people are able to get their own food we’re telling them which businesses are opening and delivering.
“We are really proud of all our staff, councillors, volunteers, businesses, community groups and residents who are making this happen. Together we are making a difference!
“If you are in need of support and don’t have the help of family or friends please contact us using the form at www.wyre.gov.uk/together or call 01253 891000.”