Further help will support our economy

This week saw the lifting of ‘plan b’ Covid-19 restrictions. While I would continue to urge caution, the move is good news for Rother’s economy.

While most businesses have been able to continue to operate through this period, the effect of the restrictions have still been felt with many changing their shopping and leisure habits as a result of the measures in place.

The district council has been able to offer some support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses in Rother, which accounts for a large proportion of our local economy.

The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant is available for eligible businesses who have and continue to struggle with the surge of Covid cases caused by the new strain.  I hope this goes some way to making life a little more comfortable and would urge businesses to visit our grant pages to find out what support is available.

While additional help is available for businesses, further support is on offer for residents who need help with food and fuel bills, with additional funding for our Household Support Fund.

The money we received is limited but our officers will continue to do everything they can to make sure those in the greatest need are getting support.  If you are struggling to meet the cost of the basics, please have a look on our websites and find out what the district council is able to do to help. 

Another area where limited finances are having an impact is the community groups and projects.  With less external funding available for a growing number of initiatives, many activities and events are struggling to get off the ground.

Well aware of the council’s own financial pressures, we wanted to do something to ensure local groups and organisations can continue to benefit from funding in the future which is why we are launching the Rother Community Lottery this spring.

The initiative, which will offer players a chance to win a £25,000 jackpot, will support charities, not-for-profit community and voluntary groups that benefit communities across the district.

Ahead of the launch, we are holding a virtual event on Tuesday, February 17 to give representatives from local groups a chance to find out how they can become beneficiaries of the lottery. I would encourage those interested to register for the event by filling out our online form.

Finally, I would urge people to give their views on the council’s priorities for the 2022/23 budget by taking part in our annual consultation.  We want to ensure that decisions on spending in the new financial year align with the areas our residents feel are important to their community.

Published: 2nd February 2022