The Covid-19 job retention scheme has been distributed to over 20,000 Kingston residents. This represents approximately half a billion pounds worth of support for individuals and families living in Kingston upon Thames.
This funding is on top of the Government money supplied for business rates relief and other grants.
Cllr Kevin Davis, Leader of the Conservative Group, said; “The positive response to this pandemic by the Conservative Government has meant the support given to individual families has been on a scale considerably more radical than anywhere else in the world. Kingston residents have had their jobs and businesses supported and protected by approximately £500m of funding, just in Kingston. Although the economy is now starting to reopen, the government continues to provide ongoing support for residents and their businesses until the early Autumn.”
Local efforts will be crucial to support the national rollout of NHS Test & Trace, which has already tracked tens of thousands of contacts of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus. Kingston will receive £917,000 Government funding to support local Test & Trace, which will be crucial as we aim to return to some sense of normality in the months ahead.
Cllr Rowena Bass, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group, said: “I pay tribute to everyone in Kingston who is working tirelessly to help control the spread of coronavirus locally. Thankfully Kingston has escaped the worst ravages of the Covid-19 virus, but the additional Government funding to support local Track & Trace systems is most welcome. Tackling Coronavirus requires us all to play our part, engaging with the new Test & Trace service where we need to and continuing to stay alert, to control the virus and save lives.”
Source: (Hansard, Written Ministerial Statement 281, 10 June 2020, link).