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Chancellor offers £4.6bn lifeline for high streets

Around 600,000 retail, hospitality and leisure sites will be able to claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000, the Government has announced. The payments will cost the Treasury £4.6 billion and aim to help support the high street as new lockdown measures announced on Monday take hold. Chancellor Rishi Sunak also announced a further £594 million for local authorities and devolved administrations to support businesses not eligible for the grants.

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