Council working hard to support communityPublished Tuesday 21 April 2020
Residents and businesses across the Harborough district are continuing to get vital support as part of the Council’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
So far 385 residents and families have requested support through Harborough District Council’s Community Hub which offers help to those who are vulnerable or self-isolating. Council staff are working with food banks in Market Harborough and Lutterworth, and other organisations, to help deliver the essential food people need.
The Council is also continuing to provide urgent financial assistance to local businesses across the district. So far more than £14.5m worth of grants have been paid out to nearly 1,090 businesses – over 75 per cent of the total funding total available – and more businesses will receive support over the coming days.
Approximately 1,400 businesses in the Harborough district could be eligible for grant aid. If any businesses have not been contacted by the Council, please wait to be contacted. The Council will endeavour to be in touch as quickly as possible.
Cllr Phil King (pictured), Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “We are working extremely hard to provide the support needed across the district. We have redeployed staff to help deliver food parcels and supplies to those who can’t get out of their homes. Like other district and borough councils; we have also been working quickly and efficiently to get financial aid, to what amounts to millions of pounds, to those local businesses which are eligible. This combined effort is hugely commendable and I personally thank everyone involved.”
People who are vulnerable and do not have a local support network can contact Harborough District Council’s Community Hub if they:
- need immediate help with supplies of essential food
- are feeling lonely or would like a friendly phone call or text message
- would like to connect with a local community group
- need transport to medical appointments
- would like advice about staying active and exercising
To refer yourself or someone you are concerned about please visit: www.harborough.gov.uk/hd-community-hub
If you cannot use the online forms please email: firstname.lastname@example.org including contact details and support required or call 01858 821 232 9am-5pm.
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