Cornwall Council have been singled out by the government as one of the five local authorities leading the way in payment of rapid response business grants during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government, Robert Jenrick tweeted: “I'm delighted that Councils around the country have been moving swiftly to pay out almost £1 billion in business grants to support local businesses in their area.”
The five councils named by the Secretary include Cornwall as well as Durham County Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Northumberland County and Leeds City Council.
Adam, Paynter, Lib Dem Deputy Leader of Cornwall Council said, “
I am delighted that Cornwall Council has been singled out by the Secretary of State for praise in our efforts during this crisis. However, this is no time to rest on laurels. All Cornwall Councillors and staff are working hard to help residents and businesses in a very difficult time. We must double down on our efforts.”
Malcolm Brown, Leader of the Lb Dems on Cornwall Council said,
“Local businesspeople are a vital part of our community in Cornwall. Many have been working above and beyond to keep essential services flowing. I am really pleased that Cornwall Council are acting as rapidly as possible to help ease financial difficulties. We are not just leading the way. We have paid out 170% more than even the next most successful local authority (£136 compared with 51 million). Our staff should be proud.”