£737 million to help local businesses
The government has allocated over £700 million of taxpayers' money to local authorities for grants to businesses most affected by the spread of Omicron, protecting jobs and livelihoods.
- The spread of the Omicron variant presents new challenges for our hospitality, leisure and cultural sectors, as people exercise caution during what is usually their busiest part of the year.
- That is why the government has today delivered £737 million to local councils as part of our £1 billion package of support for business, so that councils can deliver targeted grants worth up to £6,000 each to hospitality and leisure businesses and discretionary funding to other businesses affected by the Omicron surge.
- While this support package will help to cover costs and protect jobs, the best thing we can do to support businesses is to get the virus under control – which is why we continue to urge everyone to get boosted now.