Lewes District Council slammed over delays to grants for businesses

Lewes District Council has faced criticism over its handling of cash grants to support local businesses affected by Coronavirus.

The council announced on Wednesday that it was in the process of delivering letters to eligible businesses and these would be received by the 17th of April.

The council faced a barrage of criticism on social media for it’s delay in processing these payments as other local authorities had already begun issuing payments to businesses such as Oxford City Council which has already delivered £170,000 worth of grants within the first 24 hours.

Local MP Maria Caulfield was amongst those calling for Lewes District Council to speed up these payments to struggling businesses.

Maria Caulfield MP said “It’s shocking that other local councils such as Wealden, Rother, Hastings and Brighton and Hove City Council are already taking applications whilst Lewes District has said this won’t be open until the 17th of April for the struggling businesses in my constituency”

Hundreds of local businesses answered Maria Caulfield’s call to contact her if they were facing difficulty accessing the grants and she has been working to bring these to the attention of Lewes District Council and to ensure support is given as soon as possible.