The future of this season’s Vanarama National League remains uncertain with clubs due to meet again this week to discuss a vote on cancelling the remainder of the campaign.

Last week, the league announced that the National League North and National League South leagues would be temporarily postponed, saying: “Following the review of the feedback from Clubs in connection to the recent Clubs meeting, a Board meeting this morning decided to halt the participation in the North/South Divisions for a two-week period, effective immediately.”

Although clubs in those divisions are still expecting to return to action on Saturday February 6, problems still remain relating to financial relief offered by the government, with clubs expecting a grant, while the government are only offering that aid in the form of a loan.

The government has made £11million available to help National League teams for the period from January to March, with most of them struggling to operate without supporters’ gate receipts that would usually keep them afloat financially during the season.

A majority of the league’s 66 clubs have said they would not be willing to accept the money as a loan and were instead expecting it to be handed to them as a grant, as they had previously received.

DCMS has labelled claims that they have reneged on promises surrounding the financial relief as “untrue” and that they never promised the money would be provided as a grant.

Clubs are able to apply for grant support, but that will be reviewed on a case by case basis.