Local councils are being urged to make funding available to travel businesses following the new lockdown.

Abta has written to local authorities in England urging them to provide local restrictions support grants available.

The move comes ahead of Abta submitting the findings of its latest member survey to the government this week, revealing the “devastating” impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Letters have also been sent to the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to highlight the need for tailored support for all travel firms across the UK.

The travel association particularly wants to ensure that they are eligible for devolved grant funding and other local support mechanisms.

The support grants when local restrictions are imposed are worth up to £3,000.

Abta believes that with all leisure travel prohibited in lockdown, travel businesses have a very “strong case” to be eligible.

A template letter has been created for members with information on contacting local councillors asking that they request that travel businesses are included in the list of those eligible to apply for the grants.

Abta public affairs director Luke Petherbridge said: “We believe that our members have a very strong case for local restrictions support grants and have written to local authorities making that argument on their behalf.

“Abta continues to lobby government about the need for tailored support for the travel industry and our members also have a crucial role to play.

“As well as contacting your local councillor and writing your MP, we’re also asking members and the wider industry to sign Abta’s Save Future Travel petition and encourage your colleagues, friends and family also to sign up, as once it reaches 100,000 signature, it will trigger a much needed debate in Parliament.”