Coronavirus

Emergency funding bid to support walking and cycling

We have submitted a £249,000 bid to the Department for Transport’s Emergency Active Travel Fund for a package of measures to support walking and cycling as part of our COVID-19 recovery plans.

If approved, the funding will be used to create a temporary, segregated cycling link through the city centre, from the railway station, through North Cross and Armada Way, to a new pop-up cycle parking facility outside the Guildhall.

New business grant announced for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Small businesses in Plymouth can apply for a new Government Discretionary Grant from Monday 1 June.

The scheme, administered by Plymouth City Council, will help small businesses with less than 50 employees that have not been eligible for other grant funding (with the exception of the furloughed Job Retention Scheme and the Self Employment Income Support Scheme) and who were trading on 11 March 2020.

Council leader calls for rethink on Plymouth’s Covid-19 funding

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is calling for the Government to re-think its announcement of a 14 per cent cut to the city’s Covid-19 funding.

Plymouth’s latest allocation towards Covid-19 costs announced last night is 14 per cent less than its previous allocation, despite increasing demands to support some of the city’s most vulnerable residents at the same time as the council has lost many of its other sources of income.

Shop 4 Plymouth: New online marketplace links you with local retailers

Shop local, support independent retailers and buy everything you need – from food and drink to gifts from the safety of your home.

A new online marketplace is making it easy to do just that. Shop 4 Plymouth showcases local traders that are open and following Government guidelines or which have adapted to offer a delivery service instead.

Council call for eligible businesses to apply for grants

Hundreds of eligible businesses in Plymouth have not yet applied for grants to help them through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plymouth City Council is actively looking for and contacting businesses that could benefit from the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, which offer grants of up to £25,000.

In less than four weeks, the Council has approved almost 3,000 grant applications and paid out £32 million directly to businesses.

The fight for fishing goes on, says Council leader

Council leader Tudor Evans has vowed to continue his fight for more support for the fishing industry brought to the brink of collapse by the COVID-19 lockdown.

While he welcomed last week’s announcement of £10 million for fishing and aquaculture businesses in England as ‘a step in the right direction’, he said much more needed to be done to keep the fishing fleet - and its supply chain - above water.

Councillor Evans said: “We’ve been lobbying hard to support the fishing industry so we do welcome this as a step in the right direction.

​Council leader tells Prime Minister not to betray Plymouth’s key workers

Plymouth City Council leader Tudor Evans is calling on the Prime Minister not to betray key workers in Plymouth by failing to honour his pledge to cover the council’s costs in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Evans has written to Boris Johnson demanding that the government does not betray hard working staff and vulnerable residents by failing to compensate the council for the significant costs and lost income due to COVID-19.