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Support for businesses affected by the Coronavirus pandemic
Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - Phase 2
The Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund application will be open for a second window of applications from Monday 13 July to noon on Monday 27 July 2020.
This window of applications will be open to all eligible businesses detailed under the phase one below who have not already applied. A number of changes have also been made to the eligibility criteria in this second phase:
- Market traders no longer have to live in Wyre but must trade in the borough. Market traders must only apply for one grant per business so if you have successfully claimed under a different local authority's scheme you would not be eligible.
- Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses (including pubs and restaurants) with rateable values up to £80,000 (this is an increase on the £51,000 threshold previously used) can now apply.
Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund - Phase 1
Phase 1 – national priority categories will be dealt with first. These are as follows:
- Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces e.g. industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc., which do not have their own business rates assessment;
- Short term holiday lets / B&B’s that pay domestic council tax instead of business rates;
- Locally based charity properties receiving charitable business rate relief that would otherwise be eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief;
- Regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment with fixed building costs (and are resident in Wyre).
We aim to make the first payments w/c 22 June.
Phase 2 – local priority categories will be dealt with once the priority categories have been supported and the remaining funds established. We aim to make the first payments in July.
All businesses that submitted applications will be contacted in due course. Please do not contact the business help team to enquire about your application as this will only slow the process down.
Please note any canvassing of officers or members would result in an application being refused.
Business Support Grants Fund
The current proposal is that all properties in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief, with the exception of those occupied for personal use (e.g. private stables, beach huts, moorings) on 11 March 2020 will be eligible for a grant payment of £10,000.
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund
The current proposal is that properties which would have qualified for the retail discount on 11 March 2020 will be entitled to a grant of either £10,000 where the rateable value is £15,000 or less or £25,000 where the rateable value is greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000.
How to apply for grant funding
The council will be contacting all businesses on our register who we believe may be entitled to funding.
The detailed guidance which the council will be using to help identify eligible businesses can be found here.
We are asking businesses to complete the application form below and we will assess your eligibility. Please note we have been made aware of a scam text about business grants, the council has not contacted businesses via text.
To speed up the process we are encouraging applicants to use the online form but if you require a hard copy please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post one out to you.
The application form will allow us to arrange for payment to be made and we anticipate that these payments will commence from 1 April 2020. It is inevitable that applications will number in the thousands and as such we ask that you be patient as we undertake what is a significant exercise to ensure the correct allocation of public money to those who are entitled to it under the schemes.
Business Rates Holiday
There will be a business rates retail holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. Businesses that received the retail discount (33%) in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled very shortly to show a 100% discount.
In order to allow businesses some necessary breathing space the council are suspending the recovery process for the first quarter of 2020/21 given the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in. This means that 2020/21 business rates bills and sundry debtor invoices (including for rent) will still be issued but no further recovery action will be taken between April and June. This is relevant to those businesses not currently covered by the business rates holiday and those who are in arrears on historic bills.
Updated 06.07.20: Advice for businesses in the hospitality sectors on recording staff and customer information for contact tracing:
- Requirements for maintaining staff and customer records to support NHS track and trace
- Protecting customer and staff information - guidance from the Information Commissioners Office
Boost Lancashire are also offering support to businesses affected by Coronavirus.
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