BUSINESSES in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse are urged to sign up to a new mailing list with the latest news about financial support available during the third national lockdown.

A number of Government-funded support grants, which cover the periods during national lockdowns and localised tier restrictions, are available, as well as further support for pubs.

Every time the Government announces a new grant it can take several weeks before councils are given specific details they need in order to open the scheme for applications.

This is why the two local authorities set up the South and Vale Business Support mailing list.

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Since restrictions were first introduced last year, the councils have provided more than £46 million in grants to businesses across the two districts.

Councillor Robin Bennett, deputy leader and cabinet member for Economic Development and Regeneration at South Oxfordshire District Council, commented: "It can take some time for the government to provide the information we need before we can open individual grants for applications.

"However, we are doing our best to open them as quickly as possible and appreciate people's patience while we wait for this information to reach us."

Visit to sign up to the mailing list and find out what grants are available.