West Suffolk Council calls for greater support for agriculture

West Suffolk Council is asking the Government to give more support to the agriculture sector during the Covid19 crisis.

While the council has been putting extra resource into getting £32m of government grants to small businesses, plus those in the retails, leisure and hospitality sector, it has also been talking to other businesses and raising their concerns with government officials.

It has previously raised issues around a lack of help for self-employed people and has welcomed the government’s announcement that people will be able to claim 80 per cent of their pay.

The council regularly speaks to businesses and during the past few weeks concerns have been raised about what support will be offered to help agriculture stay on its feet. The council is now raising this issue with government officials.

John Griffiths, the leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We recognise the enormous amount of work involved in delivering the government’s funding announcements for businesses who are undoubtedly going through a torrid time. We equally recognise the great levels of anxiety that many businesses and employees are going through while they await this funding support, which is why we have made it a priority and have redeployed staff to get the grants out to them as quickly as possible.

“We are also here to listen. We have a diverse range of business sectors in West Suffolk and farming and its associated businesses, feature quite prominently. We are of course raising and passing on their concerns and pushing for further government support.”

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