Business support: We have issued over £88 million in grants to 7,386 businesses. We had 740 applications for our local discretionary grants and have paid out £1.6 million in grants to 240 businesses.
Chancellor’s Summer Economic Update
Yesterday, when delivering his Summer Economic Update in Parliament, the Chancellor announced a package of measures to help protect support and create jobs.
These include a job retention bonus scheme, a kickstart scheme for young people and the new eat out to help out scheme. You can read more information here.
Businesses can apply for temporary pavement licences
Wiltshire Council has opened applications for temporary pavement licences for premises for the sale of food or drink for consumption, which includes cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Once approved, these licences will allow eligible businesses to put tables and chairs on the public highway outside their premises to attract more customers and increase trade, while also promoting social distancing and subject to normal highway safe passage requirements. Temporary pavement licences, which are available free of charge, will, in most cases, last for 12 months from date of issue. However, they are subject to a statutory notice period of ten working days, during which time people will have an opportunity to comment on the application.
Businesses can read detailed FAQs and download the application form here
Wiltshire Council Pillar 2 COVID-19 test data
The information on Pillar 1 and Pillar 2 COVID-19 test data has now been made publicly available.
Definition of testing pillars
pillar 1: swab (antigen) testing in Public Health England (PHE) labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need and health and care workers
pillar 2: swab (antigen) testing for the wider population including at setting such as community test centres
Following the publication of this data Kate Blackburn, Interim Director of Public Health at Wiltshire Council, said: "I can reassure residents and businesses in Wiltshire that COVID-19 cases currently remain extremely low and a local lockdown is certainly not necessary. On a daily basis we review a number of different reports and data with our Public Health England colleagues. Should there be any issues there are alert systems in place.
"The most important thing we can do as a community at the moment is to stick to the national guidance around social distancing and maintain good hand hygiene. I would like to thank you for your continued support at this time."
You can find further information and latest figures on this https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/
Cllr Philip Whitehead