A COUNCIL leader has pleaded for an urgent update from the Welsh Government on its £60million pot for businesses affected by coronavirus lockdowns.

Cllr Hugh Evans, also Denbighshire County Council's cabinet member for economy, has written to economy minister Ken Skates over his concern that Denbighshire has not received guidance on the Local Lockdown Business Fund and how businesses can apply.

He also called on Mr Skates to extend the funding exemptions to allow more businesses to survive.

“We have received many messages from businesses who have been severely disrupted by the [lockdown] decision," said Cllr Evans.

“However, for local authorities to implement such funding schemes we need clear guidance, together with the date that applications for funding can be made so we can offer support to businesses.

“There is also concern that the grant is thought to be based on a first come first serve basis, and that the figures would not cover all those businesses that satisfy the basic eligibility criteria.

“This could be perceived as unfair and unsupportive of all businesses."

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “We are working on the detail of the £60m Local Lockdown Business Fund that will support businesses impacted by local restrictions.

"Further information on how to access this fund will be published soon on the Business Wales website.”