Firms forced to shut by local lockdowns can claim up to £500 a week

Grant scheme in England comes as concerns grow about fresh wave of business failures

Businesses in England that are forced to shut because of local Covid-19 lockdowns will be able to claim up to £500 a week in government grants, under new measures announced by the Treasury.

Firms will be able to claim £1,500 for each three-week period they have to remain closed as a result of geographically targeted measures. The support comes as concerns grow about a fresh wave of business failures.

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