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Harlow driving school thanks MP as new Tory led council make commitments over business grants

Business / Mon 31st May 2021 at 06:55am

ON FRIDAY, we met with several members of a Harlow driving school who wanted to thank MP Robert Halfon and the new Conservative administration for their help regarding getting access to business grants.

We spoke to driving instructor Paul Faherty of Kam Driving School about his struggle to stay financially afloat since the pandemic struck in March 2020.

He detailed his own frustrations with Harlow Council and how MP Robert Halfon had helped him.

We also spoke to the new portfolio holder for resources, cllr Russell Perrin about the new administration’s approach to business grants.

Harlow Council’s new finance cabinet portfolio holder, announced that he is reviewing the additional restrictions grants criteria used under the previous administration. 

Councillor Perrin’s announcement follows the council applying to the government for a further £568,582 in additional restriction grant funding. These grants are to support businesses that are not covered by other financial schemes or where additional funding is needed.

Councillor Russell Perrin, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Governance, said: “The new government additional restriction grants funding will be used to support businesses that need help during the recovery from the pandemic. I am currently, along with the council’s  finance team, reviewing the criteria previously used to allocate this grant to ensure that it supports those businesses who need it most in this phase of the pandemic. That was a pledge we made and one we are keeping. This new council is determined to ensure that businesses in our town get the help they need, because it is essential to the livelihoods of the people they employ and of critical importance to our town’s economic recovery.”

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