The agreed changes are:
Leader of Basildon Council, Councillor Gavin Callaghan, said: "There's no doubt that Tier 3 is crippling for businesses and livelihoods. That is why we have tried to act fast to get financial support packages in place this week to help employers. I believe we are going further than any other council in the UK to support our hospitality and leisure businesses in our borough when they need it most.
"When the announcement was made this week we were going into Tier 3 restrictions, we knew this would devastate our hospitality and leisure businesses at their busiest time of the year. I wanted us to be proactive and move fast to see what changes we could make to our discretionary schemes to help and I'm pleased we have been able to do that.
"The challenge now is to ensure this money gets into the pockets of businesses as quickly as possible and we are ready to work around the clock to process these payments. I urge businesses to get in touch with us as soon as possible".
Published on Friday 18 December 2020