This year is proving to be a challenging one for many and we are no exception.
We reported in July that we had lost more than £500k in income and expected to lose more as the year draws to an end. Since then, we have reopened some of our leisure facilities and fewer staff are furloughed. This means there is a slight improvement on income generation and a glimmer of hope for the future.
The replacement of the Government’s furlough scheme with the Job Support Scheme means we do not yet know that full extent of the impact lockdown had on jobs in the area. But we are doing what we can. All grants have been paid out to businesses from the Government backed loans scheme aimed at helping businesses who have suffered a sudden loss in income.
Cabinet Member for Finance, Councillor Clive Moesby said: “We are still suffering the financial effects of the pandemic despite being able to open some parts of the leisure service for business again. We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel but we still have a long way to go.”