PLANS have been drawn up to help Barnsley economically recover from the Covid-19 pandemic - which has seen 1,350 redundancies and £42.7m of small business rates relief grants handed out.

The council’s economic renewal action plan has been drawn up in response to the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of national lockdown.

In a bid to kick-start the economy in Barnsley, the plan reveals a range of projects will support people back into work offered by the DWP to new Universal Credit claimants, and targeted support from the council to those requiring more help.

The council also pledged to come together with other local authorities to lobby central government to ensure market traders are able to continue trading the same way supermarkets have.

Leader of the council, Sir Steve Houghton, said: “I don’t think any council has done as much as we have.

“We are creating jobs and we are in a strong position to get out of Covid and bounce back.”(