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Exeter City council Update – 6/5/20
Posted on: May 6th 2020

Top up Grant Fund Scheme

On 2nd May the Government announced their latest measure to support businesses and the economy through the current coronavirus restriction measures.

A further £617 million will be made available through local authorities to support businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. This includes; businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties and Bed and Breakfasts paying council tax rather than business rates.

The council team will now need to work through the guidance once issued and develop the process for assessing business priority and need. We will make further announcements on how the scheme will be managed, along with application processes once these have been developed. We are asking that you please do not contact us relating to the scheme at this time, as we do not have any further information to share.

The full announcement can be found here.

Covid-19 Exeter Wellbeing Support Fund

Our Exeter Wellbeing Support Fund is there to give rapid short-term financial support. It is aimed at those in financial hardship as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The scheme is for anyone who is not already catered for through other means. Meeting an immediate need, by providing for items or support that there is no current help for. The information on our website gives more information on the type of support the fund is designed to provide, and the groups of people that are eligible to apply.

Skills Toolkit

A new online learning platform to help boost skills while people are staying at home has been launched. Free courses are available through a new online platform:  The Skills Toolkit gives access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy.

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