Restart grants from the Government for non-essential businesses across Cumbria that have been hard-pressed due to the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are now live.

The grants are open to all businesses affected and will be administered separately by each district and borough council.

The scheme is broken down into two strands with the first supporting businesses in non-essential retail and the second helping those in the hospitality, leisure, personal care and accommodation sectors.

The grant amounts will be a one-off payment for each eligible property, based on their rateable value with a maximum eligible amount available either at £6,000 or £18,000.