EAST Lancashire businesses required to close because of local coronavirus restrictions will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks.

Treasury Minister Steve Barclay announced the new subsidy for firms hit by targeted Covid-19 interventions to the House of Commons today

The largest will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close, smaller ones will receive £1,000. The payments are triggered by a government decision.

Mr Barclay said told MPs: "These grants provide businesses with a safety net as they temporarily close their doors to help save lives in their local areas.

"As local economies eventually and carefully re-open after local interventions, our 'Plan for Jobs' is there waiting to help businesses get back on their feet, protect jobs and thrive in the future."

Mr Barclay also promised to roll-out nationally additional payments for low income households required to self-isolate in areas with high levels of Covid-19 after a trial in Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle.