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Updates from April 9

Restart Grants

The government has launched a £5 billion Restart Grants Scheme providing funding to eligible businesses through councils.

Businesses in the non-essential retail sector in England will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000, while businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors, which are reopening later, will be eligible for one-off grants of up to £18,000. More details can be found in updates below from March 12. Find out if you are eligible here.

Updates from March 17

Staffs Means Back to Business Support Scheme - £5m support package for Staffordshire businesses

The government have recently announced additional support for business in the spring Budget, including extending the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (furlough) until September. Business can also sign up to receive essential support through a free 12-month membership package with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Now Staffordshire businesses and employees can get a further boost through the £5m Staffordshire Means Back to Business Support Scheme - an enhanced package of funding to help in the way that matters most.

Find out more and how to apply here.

Updates from March 12

Restart Grant

This new Restart Grant was announced in the budget on 3 March 2021. The Government intends to issue one-off grants to businesses as restrictions are lifted to help restart the economy. This is a new fund for businesses helping them through what is hoped to be the final stages of Covid-19 restrictions.
 
The grants will commence in April 2021 and will replace all existing Local Restrictions Support Grants (except the Additional Restrictions Grant).
 
These are one-off grants.
 
There will be two levels of grant depending on when the business is allowed to open:

Non-essential retail premises and hospitality & leisure including personal care and gym premises will receive:

 

Non-essential retail premises

Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym premises

Rateable Value 15,000 or less as at 1 April 2021

£2,667

£8,000

Rateable Value 15,001 to 50,999 as at 1 April 2021

£4,000

£12,000

Rateable Value 51,000 and above as at 1 April 2021

£6,000

£18,000

The Restart Grant scheme is for businesses on the rating list only.

We will assess eligibility for this scheme from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) applications. Applications will close on 30 June 2021. There will not be a separate application form.

If you have already made a Local Restrictions Support Grant application and received a grant payment, you are not required to complete another form and payments will be made automatically based on your eligibility.

No payments will be issued until the Government releases funding to the Council in April 2021. We will update this website when we receive further guidance from the Government.

Updates from January 5, 2021

The Chancellor has announced additional support to help businesses impacted by new lockdown restrictions get though until spring. Read more here

Updates from November 2

Furlough Scheme extended

The Government has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (also known as the furlough scheme), has been extended for a month, to coincide with plans for a national lockdown from Thursday, November 5. The scheme will now remain open until December and will see employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.
The cost for employers of retaining workers will be reduced compared to the October scheme. More information about the extended furlough scheme is available here, but further detail is expected from Government soon. The Job Support Scheme, which was scheduled to come in on November 1, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

The Chancellor announced on 5 January 2021 a one-off top up grant for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses to help businesses through to the Spring.  The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed retail, hospitality and leisure businesses as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

We will pay the grants automatically to those that are in receipt of the Local Restriction Grant for Closed businesses.

Check if your business is mandated to close on: www.gov.uk

If your business is not mandated to close then you will be ineligible for the top-up grant.  If you are mandated to close and haven't applied for the LRG Closed grant then please complete the application form below.

Local Restrictions Support Grant

If you have previously received a Local Restrictions Support Grant because your business was forced to close from the 5 November, even if you were able to re-open on 2 December, we will automatically make payments in line with the Local Restrictions Support Grant – Closed (LRSG-C) scheme, for as long as you are prohibited from trading. Please note you do not need to re-apply if you have already made an application. 

If you have not yet applied view the form and instructions.

Eligible businesses are:

  • Businesses included in the Rating List, that are mandated to close by national or local trading restrictions.
  • Businesses that have changed their substantive operating processes so as to be able to continue to trade may also get this grant.  For example restaurants that operate as takeaways or shops that operate as click and collect only, will still be eligible.
  • Properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants of  £1,334 per month, or £667 per 2 weeks
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants of £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per 2 weeks
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants of £3,000 per month or £1,500 per 2 weeks

For full eligibility and to apply for this fund: www.tamworth.gov.uk/local-restrictions-support-grant-closed-businesses

Please be aware that we are anticipating exceptionally high levels of service demand at the moment and we aim to provide you with an outcome of your application as soon as we can.

Grants will be paid in line with government guidance and Council policy, which will be updated from time to time.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Under the Additional Restrictions Grant, the Council will receive a one off lump sum payment amounting to £20 per head of population as national restrictions were imposed on 5 November.

It is envisaged this will primarily take the form of discretionary grants to businesses that don’t qualify for help under the LRSG schemes, but this funding may also be used for wider business support activities. The aim is to provide appropriate support for the financial years 2020/21 and 2021/22. The Council will take a phased approach to the allocation of these funds with phase one and phase two providing urgently needed support to businesses that are seriously impacted by the national lockdown but do not qualify for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed). Phase three will provide support to businesses who can evidence ongoing business related costs.

For full eligibility and to apply for this fund: www.tamworth.gov.uk/additional-restrictions-grant

Please be aware that we are anticipating exceptionally high levels of service demand at the moment and we aim to provide you with an outcome of your application as soon as we can.

Statutory Sick Pay

For businesses with fewer than 250 employees, the cost of providing 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay per employee will be refunded by the Government in full. This will provide two million businesses with up to £2billion to cover the costs of large-scale sick leave.

Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service

The Redundancy and Recruitment Service – co-ordinated and quick-response job-matching service. Are your staff at risk of redundancy because of Covid-19?

Coronavirus is the economic crisis no business could have seen coming. Having to lose much-valued staff can be heart-breaking, and you’ll want to give them the best support you can to support their transition into new work and careers.

The co-ordinated and quick response Redundancy and Recruitment Triage Service is offered free of charge to all Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire businesses who need to restructure, and to individuals at risk of or have been made redundant. Delivered by the National Careers Service, the new service offers professional, bespoke support free of charge to your business. The service is entirely confidential and supported by qualified careers advisors.

If you are a business looking to support your staff transition into new work, contact the National Careers Service on 07879 603635 or find out more here.

For general guidance and links to further information on redundancy for both employers and employees, you can read the DWP Factsheet on Redundancy.

 

Other useful links:

FAQs for Tamworth businesses

Q: Can I defer payment of council tax?    

A: You are automatically entitled to pay by extended instalments should you request this (12 instalments April to March).

You can also apply for council tax reduction if you are currently on a low income, working or unemployed and own your own home or rent. The amount you will receive will depend on your circumstances, for example, if you have children, savings, benefits and pensions.

If you are struggling to make payments as requested please call us on 01827 709530 or email counciltax@tamworth.gov.uk where alternative arrangements can be discussed.

For more information on support with paying your Tax visit the following link: https://www.gov.uk/difficulties-paying-hmrc

HMRC’s Helpline for help and advice: 0800 0159 559.

Q: Can I defer payment of commercial rent?

A: If you are struggling to make payments as requested please call us on 01827 709555 or email sundryincome@tamworth.gov.uk where alternative arrangements can be discussed.

For individual businesses, the first port of call for advice and support is gov.uk. However, businesses in England, of all sizes, can pick up the phone and speak directly to an advisor at the Staffordshire Business Helpline on 0300 111 8002 or the National Business Support Helpline on 0300 456 3565

Self-Employed Government Support

Grants are now available for those who work for themselves with the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.