The funding paid out to businesses across Copeland affected by the second Covid-19 lockdown continues to climb, with more than £600,000 now distributed.

Copeland Council has so far paid out £611,000 to 426 businesses across the area eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

However, the council is keen to ensure more businesses make an application for a share of the funding.

The council says that a total of 900 businesses in Copeland are eligible for a share of the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

A very wide range of businesses are eligible for this, including those engaged in non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, providing sports facilities and hospitality.

A further grant, the Additional Restrictions Grant, was launched last Wednesday.

The council has so far paid out £15,000 to 16 businesses so far.

This grant is for businesses that have had to close, but have no rateable value – the other grant is tied to a business' rateable value. It is also designated for those that have not been legally forced to close, but have been severely impacted by lockdown.