St Albans council ‘will support businesses through Covid-19 crisis’

Initiatives to support local businesses through the Corvid-19 coronavirus public health crisis will receive full support from St Albans City and District Council.

The plans to support the response to Covid-19 were outlined to the cabinet by council leader Chris White.

They included backing for a number of government announcements regarding help for businesses, including business rates holidays and grants.

Councillor White said: “We will play our full part in helping to implement those initiatives – for example, those related to business rates and special funding. We are awaiting further information from government on these matters.  

Provision for welfare and benefits
“There is also special provision related to welfare and benefits.

“We have put links to government information on the St Albans council website about the latest announcements and we’ll be keeping that updated.”

St Albans council is a ‘Category One Responder’, like the police and ambulance service, and has an incident management team in place, he said.

Support for vulnerable people
“We have responsibility for a number of vital statutory services, including those needed to support many of our most vulnerable local people.”

The council has cancelled non-essential committee meetings and is looking at safe ways of operating essential ones, he added.

A number of popular local events have had to be cancelled, including the Sustainable St Albans Festival, which was due to begin in May, and the Mayor’s Pride Awards ceremony.

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