Almost £500,000 will be invested in skills and training for people living in Breckland over the next two years.

The investment comes after Breckland Council secured £1.6m of government funding aimed at levelling up homes and communities.

The windfall is due to be spent on local priorities, particularly those that help vulnerable residents and businesses within the district between 2023 and 2025.

Nearly £500,000 of the sum will go towards specialist help for people looking to retrain and apply their skills to different careers and dedicated support for the vulnerable and economically inactive.

The Future Breckland programme will receive over £350,000 to bring forward key aspirations set out in the new programme, which received input from over 20,000 interactions with communities and businesses.

This money will help bring forward some of the big ideas in the plans and enable a range of smaller-scale activities like events and public realm enhancements.

Over £260,000 will be invested into the expansion and continuation of the council’s Inspiring Communities programme, with additional investment being made into supporting vulnerable people in need of help with energy and food.

Dereham Times: Paul Claussen, Breckland executive member for economic development and growth.Paul Claussen, Breckland executive member for economic development and growth. (Image: Breckland Council)

Paul Claussen, executive member for economic development and growth at Breckland Council, said: "I am delighted to see Breckland Council has secured this national investment, which will have an amazing impact on helping our local communities and businesses thrive, whilst supporting our most vulnerable in our community."

A further £270,000 will go towards business support and advice, aimed at those businesses based in rural communities. 

The programme will see the creation of a new Country Rangers programme for Norfolk, with specialist advisors helping rural businesses navigate challenges like nutrient neutrality and flooding.

And £180,000 will be invested to support low-carbon businesses, which includes support from new local advisers. 

Businesses will benefit from understanding how various interventions can help reduce their carbon footprint and save money around energy consumption.