Economic Recovery Plan agreed to tackle COVID-19 impact
“We need to work together locally to help recover our local economy.”
The Leader of Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Aileen Morton, summed up the challenges facing the local economy in moving on from the impacts of COVID-19.
“Tourism and regeneration work on hold, numerous local shops closed, businesses suspended, jobs being lost… COVID-19 is having significant consequences for the local economy.
Council agrees funding to help events affected by COVID-19: Argyll and Bute Council will invest up to £250,000 in events and festivals to help the local economy combat the impact of COVID-19.
Scottish Government announces continuation of shielding: The Scottish Government has announced that shielding will continue until at least 31 July. Letters with further information have been sent out to everyone asked to shield. National food parcels will continue to be issued during this period.
Business support fund will close on 10 July: Argyll and Bute Council has given out £30 million in business grants, and is reminding businesses affected by COVID-19 that help is still available.
Expansion of early learning and childcare hours continuing to progress: Moves to expand Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) and implement 1140 hours of funded ELC in Argyll and Bute by August 2020 are continuing to progress, despite the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Amenity sites in Argyll and Bute are now open to vans and trailers.
Households may now take vans and trailers to amenity sites: As of today, 12 June, households will be able to take vans and trailers to our civic amenity sites to dispose of general/domestic and garden waste. Thank you for your patience in waiting until we were able to open the sites to larger loads. Our sites are not yet able to receive the full range of recycling items, however, we are working hard to get them all working as normal in the very near future.
Supporting care-experienced children and young people: Argyll and Bute Council is continuing to deliver a range of services aimed at improving the educational attainment and life chances of care experienced children and young people.
Did you know?
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should now book a test online.
- The Scottish Government has introduced a package of support for students facing hardship over the summer.
- There is guidance on using face coverings when out and about.
- The NHS provides ideas for gym-free workouts so you can get fit at home.
- The council’s website provides information and support for local businesses and people in getting any help you might need in dealing with the consequences of COVID-19.