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Support for businesses, self-employed and employees

The council appreciates that this is a challenging time for all businesses and we are working hard to ensure the support schemes recently announced by the Chancellor are implemented as quickly as possible.

Our partners, Liberata are currently administrating our business rates grants on behalf of the Council.

Grant payments

Grant payments will be paid by BACS. 

Please complete the online form below to confirm your details (including your bank details), so we can process the grant payment for you.  Please ensure that the information provided is accurate, as the provision of inaccurate information could lead to your payment either being withdrawn, or claimed back at a later date.

If you have responsibility for multiple business properties, please make a separate request for each individual property.

Apply for a grant request

 

Retail discount (occupied retail/leisure/hospitality type properties)

This Retail Discount scheme was originally set up to assist retail properties with a rateable value less than £51,000, reducing their 2020/21 charge by 50%. The government have extended the scope of the scheme to include both leisure and hospitality type properties, remove the rateable value threshold, and increase the relief award to 100%.

If you are in receipt of Retail Discount we will automatically award relief to your business rates account at 100% and will reissue your 2020/21 annual bill.  If you believe that your property now qualifies for the wider scheme then please bear with us as we are attempting to identify properties that are now eligible.  We may need to contact you to request additional information.

Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates

The government has announced a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. You are eligible for the business rates holiday if your business is based in England and is on Ofsted’s Early Years Register.  The building must be wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We are attempting to identify properties that are now eligible and will reissue your bill to exclude the business rate charge as soon as possible.

Retail Relief Grant (Occupied retail/leisure/hospitality type properties with a rateable value less than £51,000)

We know that the government will grant up to £10,000 to all retail/leisure/hospitality type properties in receipt of Retail Discount, with a rateable value up to £15,000; and £25,000 to those with a rateable vale between £15,001 and £51,000.  Guidance notes have recently been issued by the Government, and we are currently considering how to pay the grants to businesses.

Please rest assured that we will be paying your entitlement as soon as possible.

Small Business Relief Grant (accounts in receipt of Small Business Relief)

The government will provide grants of up to £10,000 to all accounts in receipt of Small Business Relief.  Guidance notes have recently been issued by Government, and we are currently considering how to pay the grants to businesses.

Please rest assured that we will be paying your entitlement as soon as possible.

 

Small businesses and self-employed

Government has announced that self-employed people facing financial difficulties will be able to have 80% of their monthly wages covered by the Government. 

Support will be capped at £2,500 per month and will initially last three months. It will be calculated using average monthly profits over the last three financial years. The scheme will only be open to those who are already self-employed and have a self-assessment tax return for 2019 and it will apply to those with trading profits up to £50,000 a year. More information is available on the Government’s website.

The Federation of Small Businesses has pulled together a resource of information, advice and FAQs for small businesses and the self-employed. Visit the Federation of Small Businesses website.

Employees

Coronavirus job retention scheme

Under the coronavirus job retention scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salaries for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during the crisis. This will allow employers to claim a grant of up to 80% of the salary for all employment costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The intention is for the coronavirus job retention scheme to run for at least three months from 1 March 2020.  This time frame will be extended if the Government deems it necessary. 

Zero hours contracts

People working on zero hours contracts will be able to access Universal Credit and new style Employment Support Allowance and their employers or the labour platforms they are using are encouraged to be supportive and provide necessary information.  These changes will be in place for three months from 19 March 2020.

Emergency volunteering leave

The government has announced a new bill to enable some staff to take up to four weeks unpaid leave with expenses covered by government to volunteer. More information on the Government’s website.

 

 

 

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