Cllr Adam Swersky, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, said:
"These are the toughest times for businesses in Harrow. We are doing everything in our power to help local businesses get through this.
“We are continuing to work 7 days a week and have doubled the size of our team to process the 2,200 applications we have received so far.
“To date, we have worked through 1,200 applications. We have paid £13.5m to 738 eligible businesses where we have all the information we needed to make payment.
"We are doing everything we can do ensure the right money goes to the right businesses as quickly as possible. That means we need to do some basic checks to prevent fraud. Unfortunately, we’ve already seen cases of people trying to abuse the system.
“We expect to get through all the applications submitted before 20 April by 15 May. However, in some cases, we will need more information to complete our checks before we can issue the grant.
"Harrow has a higher percentage of microbusinesses and small and medium-sized firms than other London boroughs. Many of those businesses do not have to pay business rates, which means we don’t always have their up-to-date details on file.
“We will be in touch with businesses very soon where we need to ask for more details from them. We are running “Virtual surgeries” to help answer questions about the application, contacting business yet to apply for a grant and will be in touch very soon with businesses where we need to ask for more details from them. We are doing everything we can to pay as many grants as we can as fast as we can.”
Any business which has not heard from the council by the end of May or has run out of money to pay bills should email [email protected]
Full information about support available is on our Covid-19 business support pages