Riot-damaged Firms Get More Time to Apply for Aid

Small businesses damaged during the summer riots have been given until the end of January to apply for financial aid, after the Government extended the deadline for its £20 million High Street Support Scheme.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said hundreds of businesses had already benefited from the support package, which includes grants and tax relief to ease financial pressure, get shops open and repair high streets.

He added that the Government had extended the deadline following requests from shopkeepers that the support covers the crucial Christmas trading period.

“Both central and local government are making small firms the innocent victims of these mindless acts of looting and violence are not left to pick up the pieces on their own.”

“Real help is being delivered to local firms and residents.”

“Affected councils are still receiving claims from businesses and we have listened to councils in agreeing more time for them to promote pride and increase footfall in the high streets in the run up to Christmas.”

The deadline to apply for support is 3 January 2012.

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