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Council sends urgent callout to West Sussex businesses for PPE

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West Sussex businesses are being asked if they can supply or donate any personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect frontline workers who are delivering essential services to residents during the coronavirus outbreak. 

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, Amanda Jupp, said:

“I’d like to say a huge thank you to all those businesses who have already come forward to donate or supply PPE for frontline staff in West Sussex during the COVID-19 crisis.

“As businesses will be aware, there is nationally an acute shortage of PPE across all services that support the public. Our council is urgently looking to increase its supplies of PPE for frontline staff which includes social workers, care home workers, community hub delivery drivers and Fire and Rescue Service workers.

“Whilst we are receiving PPE supplies, the current situation means we need to continually increase supplies coming in – obviously there is great demand across the county for equipment, with the NHS understandably being prioritised.

“We would really like to talk to any business in West Sussex that has or is producing PPE that could be donated to or purchased by the County Council.”

Examples of PPE needed are:

  • Hand sanitiser gel (greater than 60% alcohol)
  • Hand sanitiser gel dispensers
  • Disposable shoes, overalls and plastic aprons (single use) – CE marked
  • Eye protection EN166:2001 Frame Marking 3
  • Disposable gloves (single use) EN:374/5 (Viral protection)/nitrile purple/ nitrile blue
  • Fluid repellent surgical mask (single use) Type 11R medical use

The Sussex Resilience Forum (SRF), which brings together public service agencies in responding to COVID-19, has a full list of PPE required on its website: www.sussex.police.uk/srf. In addition to the items on the SRF list, there is an urgent need for sanitiser gel dispenser bottles (ideally not larger than 1 ltr and flip lid or hand pump preferred).

All PPE items need to conform to the correct safety standards – detailed specifications are available on the gov.uk website.

If your business may be able to help in any way, please email PPEOffers@westsussex.gov.uk and the council will get in touch with you.

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Crawley businesses take out over £90m in loans to survive COVID-19

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Statistics released by the Government have revealed the true extent of lending taken up by businesses across Crawley.

According to a release from the office of Crawley’s MP Henry SMith, businesses across Crawley have benefitted from £92,721,494 worth of loans since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak.

This includes 1,724 Bounce Back Loans worth £51,495,006 and 102 loans at a value of £41,226,488 through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme.

The number is part of the vast number that have been taken out throughout the whole of the south east of England, where a total of 175,946 Bounce Back Loans, worth £5,269,988,799, and 9,026 Coronavirus Business Interruption Loans, worth £2,154,703,689, have been provided to support businesses across all sectors, protecting jobs and livelihoods.

Crawley MP Henry Smith said;

“This year has been hugely challenging for businesses in Crawley, but these latest figures demonstrate the scale of support that the Government has put in place to protect livelihoods and businesses.

“Never has the Government’s agenda to level up the whole county been so important. I’ll continue to focus on supporting hardworking families across Crawley.”

With cases still rising and worries that more areas across the country may enter tighter restricttions, the Chancellor has also announced that the Government’s Job Support Scheme will be expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions, alongside increasing the cash grants to businesses in England required to shut in local lockdowns to support with fixed costs – worth up to £3,000 per month.

So far, the Government has provided over £200 billion throughout its economic response to coronavirus to support jobs and businesses in the UK.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, commented;

“Our support for businesses and workers has provided a lifeline to employers up and down the country, supporting people to stay in jobs and protecting livelihoods. “We will build on this as we move to the next stage of our recovery through the Winter Economy Plan, which will continue to protect jobs and help businesses through the months ahead.”

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