Hundreds of local businesses yet to claim Covid-19 grant money

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As many as 500 businesses across Mole Valley have yet to claim the support grants on offer as a result of the coronavirus emergency.

In his latest message to residents, Councillor Stephen Cooksey, leader of MVDC, says that while £9.5 million has been paid to more than 700 local businesses so far, around 500 others have not made a claim.

He urges anyone who thinks they may be eligible to check Mole Valley’s business support page.  This has all the details on the Small Business Grants Scheme, which pays out £10,000 per business, and the separate scheme for the retail, hospitality and leisure sector.  This scheme will pay out up to £25,000.

Cllr Cooksey also highlights the help on offer to those concerned about the risk of domestic abuse during the lockdown, and of falling victim to fraud.

He says: “Staying continuously at home can prove very challenging, especially to survivors of domestic abuse. The refuge network in Surrey is working hard to keep women and their children safe and can be accessed through the Your Sanctuary helpline on 0808 2000 247.

“It’s worth mentioning that there is a lot of misinformation being shared about coronavirus. Fraudsters can make contact at the door, by phone, post or online."

Surrey County Council has issued advice on community and welfare.

Residents are also reminded that if they would like to volunteer, or simply make a financial gift to a good cause locally during the crisis, there are many ways of doing so.

Various options for this are listed on the Surrey Matters website.

Thanking residents for their continued support and understanding, Cllr Cooksey concludes by highlighting the current advice on bin collections and waste services.

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