Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, has praised the resilience of Milton Keynes businesses throughout the pandemic as the Government provided a further £2 million worth of support to help them cope with pressures from the Omicron variant.
As part of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant, Milton Keynes Council has been provided with £2,088,108 to pass onto local businesses which have been affected by Omicron, and this is on top of a further £540,000 delivered from the latest round of the Additional Restrictions Support Grant fund.
Milton Keynes has received more than half-a-billion pounds worth of support from the Conservative Government throughout the pandemic in the form of grants, business rates relief and loans, as well as numerous other schemes after the Chancellor said he would do 'whatever it takes' to keep the country going.
Ben Everitt MP said: "Businesses in Milton Keynes have shown their incredible strength and resilience time and time again throughout this pandemic, they've had to change how they operate at late notice, they've been closed, they've been open with restrictions and they've had continued uncertainty because of new variants.
"So it is absolutely right that this Conservative Government continues to support our local businesses with new grants. We saw the impact of Omicron uncertainty on things such as Christmas meal cancellations in our local pubs and I'm delighted the Chancellor Rishi Sunak has stepped in to provide these businesses with much needed support."