Heather Wheeler MP backs £100 million funding to support zoos and aquariums.

Zoos and Aquariums have now been allowed to open but in order to support them further, the government as announced they will receive £100 million of funding to support them and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus.

This extra funding will run until March 2021, providing long term support during such a  difficult time. There are many zoon near us which need our support such as Twycross and Peak Wildlife park. I am pleased to see zoos talking to the Treasury and DEFRA about the funding and support they need to continue in order to provide both an educational and fun experience for people of all ages.

Other funding has been made available to zoos already including VAT deferral, business rate relief, business interruption loan scheme the option to recover the cost of statutory sick pay and grant funding of up to £25,000 additionally there is also support available to help retain staff and save jobs.

By allowing zoos and aquariums to open it has helped take some pressure off but by providing longer term funding it will protect them even further and ensure the continuation of conservation work, contribute to animal care costs including feeding, heating and security and importantly will ensure animal welfare standards are upheld.