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Council’s expanded Discretionary Grant supports more businesses and self-employed

Businesses and the self-employed in Kirklees could benefit from the expansion of the Covid-19 Discretionary Grant scheme administered by Kirklees Council. Following the government’s announcement of a further lockdown from 5 January, the council received an additional injection of £3.9m towards the Discretionary Grant fund. This money is now being used by the council to widen the eligibility criteria, meaning

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Infection rates need to come down faster

COVID-19 infection rates have dropped slightly over the last week but Kirklees’ numbers are not falling as quickly as many other parts of the country. There were 1,015 new positive COVID-19 cases in the borough over the last seven days which is a small drop of seven per cent on last week. You can view all the data on the online

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Local test and trace service to launch

Kirklees and Wakefield Councils have joined forces to provide a local test and trace service. This locally enhanced contact tracing service will roll out across the local authority areas from 30 November. Working closely with NHS Test and Trace and fully integrated with the national service, the new local service has been developed to provide further support. Drawing on local

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COVID-19 cases stabilise in Kirklees

The number of new COVID-19 cases has fallen slightly in Kirklees with 2428 local people testing positive for the virus in the past week. Even though numbers have dropped Kirklees now has the highest infection rate in West Yorkshire and the sixth highest in England. Last week the council’s Director of Public Health, Rachel Spencer-Henshall issued an urgent plea to

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