We have been through the toughest of years, but we are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel, thanks to a community spirit which has made me enormously proud. Local community groups, businesses, shops, charities, trade unions and key workers have pulled together in a remarkable way to make sure no one has been left to fend for themselves.
Durham County Council have been at the heart of this effort, providing the support for communities to weather the storm. From the earliest days of lockdown, they redeployed staff to help with food delivery programmes to help those in need, while Labour councillors and members have joined together to collect for food banks.
At the same time, our council has put in huge efforts to ensure that business is not forgotten about. By the beginning of May 2020, Durham County Council had already paid out nearly 7,500 grants to help companies. I am proud that Labour-run Durham County Council have led the way in business support throughout the pandemic, most recently with a Business Recovery Grants worth £5 million to help businesses adapt and recover from the effects of Covid-19.
Vote Labour to support our communities, businesses and people.