Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Thursday, October 15, 2020
New figures show how the Government has supported over a million businesses to help them get through coronavirus in every part of the country – and we will continue to support jobs and livelihoods through our Winter Economy Plan.
Throughout this pandemic the government has prioritised protecting jobs - providing unprecedented support for businesses and workers up and down the country, protecting jobs and livelihoods.
Figures released today show how the government has supported over 1.3 million businesses, in every part the United Kingdom, with over £52.2 billion in Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans and Bounce Back Loans.
New support to protect jobs and businesses required to close because of restrictions is being provided – including the expanded Job Support Scheme, with grants of up to £2,100 a month to pay two thirds of the wages of staff who cannot work, plus increased and more regular cash grants of up to £1,500 every two weeks for those businesses.
Conservatives will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead, as we adopt a new response to the virus.