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Additional Restrictions Grant 

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

The Council was required to write a policy to allocate those funds during the period from 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2022. Local authorities can use this funding for any business support activities. The government envisage this will primarily take the form of discretionary grants, but the council may also use this funding for wider business support activities; on its own or with other partner organisations, such as other Local Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Further details on the Additional Restriction Grant schemes can be found here: 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.

Restart Grants - Now closed

* Please note our teams are incredibly busy processing the new Restart Grants as every account has to be submitted for fraud checks. We are doing everything we can to get money out to businesses as quickly as possible. We ask that you please bear with us. Payments will be made automatically and you don't need to get in touch or reapply. Updates will be posted here when have new information. Thank you.

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 are eligible for one-off grants of up to £6,000, while businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym sectors, are eligible for one-off grants of up to £18,000. Find out if you are eligible here.

These grants are for rate-paying businesses and will start from April 2021 and will replace all existing Local Restrictions Support Grants (except the Additional Restrictions Grant).

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

We will assess eligibility for this scheme from the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Businesses) applications. Applications closed on 30 June 2021. 

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.

To view the Council’s Local Restrictions Grant Policy please click here.

Staffs Means Back to Business Support Scheme

The government 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.

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.