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Tier 3: Nottinghamshire business support funding ‘proportionate to other Very High regions’ but not clarified yet

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Business and employees won’t be clear on what Government support will look like yet as the county moves to Tier 3 Very High restrictions on Friday 30 October.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said:

‘To support the local community during this period, it has also been agreed with local leaders that the move to the Very High will be supported by funding that is proportionate to that received by other regions that have moved to Very High.

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‘This will include additional funding from the Contain Outbreak Management Fund to support proactive containment and intervention measures, as well as business support funding.’

Richard Blackmore, CBI East Midlands Director, said:

“Public health comes first, and getting a grip on rising infection rates is vital for confidence, which is critical for the UK’s economic recovery.

“However, greater co-ordination between local and central government is vital if the three-tier system is to succeed. The ongoing lack of clarity is costing businesses. Firms affected need to clearly understand what restrictions apply and how to access the support package quickly and effectively, allowing them move with speed to protect jobs and livelihoods.

“Clear communication and transparent evidence for new restrictions is essential to instilling confidence and ensuring compliance. Firms also want to see criteria for a tangible pathway to the timely easing of any new restrictions. This will be vital for enabling firms to re-mobilise supply chains and be ready to re-open.”