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BREAKING NEWS: Crawley to go into Tier 4 from Boxing Day

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The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced during a Downing Street news conference that Sussex is to enter Tier 4 from 1 minute past midnight on Boxing Day.

In his address he urged the public to ‘keep our resolve’.

Mr Hancock said that cases have risen across the country by 57% in the last week alone.

This is in addition the the fact that hospital admissions are at the highest level since April.

The health secretary said that against this backdrop, it is “absolutely vital that we act”.

He added that more of the East and South East of England had to be put into Tier 4 as Tier 3 was not enough to control the new variant of COVID-19.

Crawley joins the rest of Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and parts of Essex that are not already in Tier 4 as well as Waverley in Surrey and Hampshire who will all now go into Tier 4.

Crawley Council Leader Peter Lamb released a statement saying:

“We are in the midst of a global pandemic which has already cost far more lives in Britain than were lost in the Blitz and which is stretching the NHS to its limits. Under such circumstances, if epidemiologists and public health experts believe that these restrictions are necessary to avoid needless loss of life, then we must except them, even where that is painful.

Regardless, today’s announcement will have huge consequences for a town whose economy has already been hit harder by COVID-19 than any other. It is hard to see how the many local businesses which are already stretched to their limits will now survive, adding to the growing unemployment crisis in Crawley caused by past sets of restrictions.

Despite being the hardest-hit economy in the country, Crawley not only has yet to receive any significant support from the Government to get the town back on it’s feet from COVID-19, we are still waiting for the economic investment the Government promised the town before the last General Election. The unemployment crisis facing the town is the direct consequence of decisions taken by this Government. They have a duty to help solve the problems those decisions have created.”

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Crawley Council urges closed businesses to apply for lockdown business grants

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Businesses that have had to close due to the current lockdown can now apply for new government grants.

This latest grants are called ‘Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards’ (LRSG) and Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP).

The grants cover the six-week period of lockdown from 5 January until 15 February.

Both grants are based on rateable value. The rate of payment for eligible businesses is:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, grants are £2,001 (LRSG) and £4,000 (CBLP) – a total of £6,001
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15,001 and £50,999, grants are £3,000 (LRSG) and £6,000 (CBLP) – a total of £9,000
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over, grants are £4,500 (LRSG) and £9,000 (CBLP) – a total of £13,500.

Crawley Borough Council is administering and distributing these grants on behalf of the government.

Businesses can check if they’re eligible by visiting gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Applications for these grants can be made at grantapproval.co.uk

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of the Council, said:

“We know many local businesses are struggling. While the council is doing everything it can to support and rebuild the local economy, it’s vital any organisation which does need support applies for every grant for which they are eligible.”

For more details on help available for businesses visit crawley.gov.uk/emergency/coronavirus-information/businesses-and-employers

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