Halfon raises Harlow Council’s failure to distribute Government grants to Harlow’s businesses in Parliament
MANY Harlow businesses are suffering because they have not yet received thousands of pounds of Government grants they are entitled to because Harlow Council has failed to distribute them claims Robert Halfon.
Harlow’s MP, Robert Halfon, raised the Council’s alleged failure directly with the Chancellor in the House of Commons, by welcoming the “the financial package” for Harlow’s small businesses “worth well over £160 million”, but adding that he had “been contacted by many businesses in my constituency who have yet to receive much of the grant funding they have been allocated – such as Carol Bush, the landlord of the Golden Swift pub – because Harlow Council is yet to distribute it.”
The Chancellor made clear “that this cash should get to businesses as soon as possible.”
Commenting on the news, Leader of Harlow Conservatives, Cllr Andrew Johnson, said: “Harlow’s businesses desperately need the cash that the Government has given for them but Harlow Council has failed to pass the money on.
“I have raised this on multiple occasions as and the Council have blamed the delay on ‘new software’ – that is just unacceptable.
“Our Council staff have done an extraordinary job over the past year, but this is an issue of leadership. The Leader of Harlow Council must explain to Harlow businesses why they don’t have the Government cash they’re entitled to.”
Also commenting Robert Halfon MP, said: “I have been working hard to secure financial support for local businesses and I am pleased that so far, we have been supported by a financial package worth well over £160 million.
“However, I have been contacted by many local businesses and organisations who should have received grants in December and January, but have not because Harlow Council has failed to distribute them.
“I pay tribute to the brilliant work done by Council staff this year, but the Labour Leader of Harlow Council must ensure that this is dealt with immediately. If this does not happen now, we will see many local businesses close their doors for the last time.”
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