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Gedling MP and council leaders clash over delayed rollout of Omicron business grants in borough

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Gedling MP Tom Randall and Council leaders John Clarke and Michael Payne have today exchanged angry letters about the delayed rollout of Omicron business grants across the borough.

Mr Randall sent a letter to Gedling Borough Council leader John Clarke earlier today which he also shared on his social media channels.

The Gedling MP wanted to know why the application form for businesses hadn’t yet appeared on the council’s website

He wrote: “I note that councils have been provided with funding and guidance for Omicron Business Support Grants and a further Additional Restriction Grant on January 7 but these are yet to go live on Gedling Borough Council’s website so that Gedling’s businesses can apply for them.

He added: “It’s vital that our businesses are supported during these times and that local jobs are protected.

“These grants are now available in Broxtowe, Rushcliffe, Newark, Bassetlaw and Mansfield but not yet in Gedling borough.”

Mr Randall said the delay, which he claimed also happened during the last round of funding, was ‘frustrating’ and ‘to the detriment of local businesses and jobs’.

He called on the council leader to confirm when the grant application process would now be going live

The Gedling Leaders Councillor Clarke and Payne were quick to respond this afternoon in a letter also now available on the council social media accounts.

They wrote: “Our local businesses are the lifeblood of our community and have shown considerable resilience in the face of immense challenges throughout the Covid pandemic. Gedling Borough Council will continue to do all it can to support them.”

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Gedling leader John Clarke, left and deputy leader Michael Payne, right. (Credit: Joseph Raynor)

Cllrs Clarke and Payne said the government’s formal offer letter for the funding amount had only just arrived this morning (January 11), which they pointed out was on the same day as the MP’s letter regarding the matter.

They said that staff at Gedling Borough Council had worked hard to hand out more than £30.5 million in business grants throughout the pandemic.

They wrote: “It’s a real shame you deem it acceptable for you and your Government to take 18 days between an announcement of these grants and actually issuing the official guidance for them, but you’ve not extended the courtesy of the same time for our hardworking staff who are working tirelessly to ensure these business grant schemes go live as soon as possible.”

The councillors also went onto claim that neighbouring councils in Nottinghamshire were receiving a lot more in funding for the business grants.

Their figures revealed that Newark & Sherwood would receive £205,187.46 for Additional Restrictions Grants, with Rushcliffe being awarded £228,928 and Bassetlaw getting £172,332. Gedling is set to receive £150,711

They also said Gedling would receive £594,024 to give out to help hospitality businesses in the borough, which is less that the £1,458,099 being handed to Newark, £804,051 being awarded to Rushcliffe and £1,134,090 being given to Bassetlaw.

They added: “Is this another example of your Government ‘levelling up’ every part of the United Kingdom? Or is this Gedling’s businesses and communities being shortchanged again?”

One-off grants of up to £6,000 are available to help businesses in Gedling borough impacted by the latest round of restrictions introduced by the government to reduce the impact of the Omicron variant.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Perhaps Mr Randall should get off his high horse .
    How can the Council only receive the final details of this grant on the same day he says they should have acted sooner.
    Get your facts right Tom or better still wrk with the council FOR the people of Gedling rather than against them.
    Not the first time you have been wrong Tom and it won’t be the last.

  2. Perhaps Mr Randall should get off his high horse .
    How can the Council only receive the final details of this grant on the same day he says they should have acted sooner.
    Get your facts right Tom or better still work with the council FOR the people of Gedling rather than against them.
    Not the first time you have been wrong Tom and it won’t be the last.

  3. “Our local businesses are the lifeblood of our community and have shown considerable resilience in the face of immense challenges throughout the Covid pandemic.” ==> and that’s why we’ve spent the last two years raiding them and stopping them from operating.

  4. I see this mouthpiece for the council now moderates comments it doesn’t like. Is this Gedling or North Korea?

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