If you are a local business, the first port of call for emergency measures is the government website. Also, contact Cheshire East who have set up a business support scheme – and regionally, Cheshire East is working with its partners to organise grant schemes to support business. More news on this available here. The final phase of grants for priority businesses is now launched.
If you are a business finding it hard to pay your bills, see the Citizen’s Advice page here
If you run a small business or are a sole trader, there is information here
Information for SMEs and self employed is here
Martin Lewis has advice on our personal and domestic finances here
Turn2Us is a national charity to help when times get tough, providing financial support to help people get back on track. Find out more here
If you may be going to have trouble paying your gas and electricity bills, there is more information from the government here. Note that no credit meters will be disconnected during the outbreak.
If you pay your Council Tax over 10 months, then you can call Cheshire East (0300 123 5500) to defer payments due to start in April (and run to January) until June (so that the payments run til March).
Note that Cheshire East have waived the car parking charges for their car parks from 25 March (remember that not all car parks in Cheshire belong to Cheshire East).
There is an initial list of grants available here: appendix 1 – individual funds for covid 19