Following Staffordshire’s move to Tier 4 on 31 December and the Lockdown measures announced on 4 January, the Council has received notification of financial support that will be able to support local businesses through the difficult weeks ahead.
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If you think you are eligible for any of the grants below please refer to our guidelines before applying to ensure your business qualifies - Local Restrictions Grant Guidelines (pdf 173kb)
Lockdown Grant February - March
Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 22 February the Council will shortly be in a position to pay further grants to businesses required to remain closed.
If you have previously received a Local Restrictions Support Grant and your business continues to be forced to close, we will automatically make a further grant to you. You do not need to re-apply.
The grants will cover a 44 day period from 16 February to 31 March, as follows:
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £2,096.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £3,143
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, will receive a payment of £4,714
Similarly, closed businesses who received a payment under the Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant scheme will receive another automatic payment.
Payments will be made automatically to qualifying businesses no later than Friday 5 March.
Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
Businesses eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum 5 January payment will also receive a one-off payment of:
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value of £15,000 or under 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on 5 January 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000
- Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or above on 5 January, will receive a payment of £9,000
Applications must be made by 31 March 2021 and include all of the detail required to assess the grants. No payments will be made after 30 April 2021.
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. A further amount was made available in January 2021.
The allocation of these funds is providing urgently needed support to businesses that are seriously impacted by the national lockdown but do not qualify for Local Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses. If you are currently in receipt of LRSG your business is ineligible to apply.
Suppliers of Goods and Services to the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors
Grants will be paid to small to medium enterprises ( less than 250 staff and £50 million turnover) which were not mandated to close on 5 January and have been affected by Covid-19 as their primary function is to provide goods or services to the Hospitality, Retail, Leisure and Events sector. Such trade should represent more than 50% of the expected business of the organisation applying.
For any periods from 5 January onwards, during which the suppliers customer base is mandated to close, grants will be paid as follows;
- Businesses operating from domestic premises can claim a grant of £375 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)(The business must be registered at Companies House)
- Properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants of £667 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)
- Properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants of £1,000 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)
- Properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants of £1,500 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)
- Non-ratepayers occupying commercial premises will receive £667 per 14 days (or pro-rata equivalent)
Payments will be paid to the ratepayer as listed on our Business Rates Database. This will be a payment per property listed.
Claiming and Evidence
- Businesses will need to evidence how they have been severely impacted by mandated closure of their customer base - either indirectly or directly.
- Businesses will need to demonstrate a fall in income of more than 30% for the period Nov/Dec/Jan compared to the same period in the previous year 2019/20
- Businesses will need to provide bank statements from 1 November 2020 to 31 January 2021, compared with 1 November 2019 to 31 January 2020.
(Businesses less than 12 months old must provide the following evidence):
- Bank statements for November 2020 to January 2021 showing the decline in revenue compared to a 3 month period of being open
- Demonstrate significant property costs as evidenced by commercial rent or mortgage payments, utility bills and buildings and contents insurance being paid
Application form and instructions will be required to confirm:
- That the business satisfies the eligibility criteria relevant to the appropriate grant application.
- The nature of the business.
- The company registration number if home based businesses or the business rates account number
- Size of the business by turnover and number of employees
- That the business was trading from the premises on the 5 January 2021
- That receipt of the grant will not exceed State Aid compliance rules
- The bank account into which the grant is to be paid
- Evidence of loss of more than 30% in income
- Copy of lease or rental agreement if in shared space
The Council may request such supporting information as it feels appropriate to confirm eligibility to grant payments.
Taxi Drivers Payment
The Council will make a one-off discretionary grant payment of £750.00 to taxi/private hire driver and vehicle licence holders, who were licensed to operate by Stafford Borough Council on 5 November 2020, to recognise some of the difficulties experienced throughout this pandemic.
- Bank Account details must be provided that matches the details of the licence holder and applicant.
- Payments will only be made by BACS transfers and evidence of the account to receive the payment will be required.
- Companies with multiple vehicle licences may only apply for one reimbursement but maybe able to apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant if sufficient losses can be demonstrated and criteria can be met.
The Council will contact known licence holders who will have until 31 March 2021 to submit the information required in support of the application. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupiers of Shared Commercial Spaces
Businesses trading on 4 November from commercial premises for which they are not the direct ratepayer (e.g. shared spaces or premises under a paramount control of another party) will receive a payment of £667 in respect of each 14 day period, for which they are mandated to close, commencing 5 November.
Regular Market Traders
Regular Market Traders, trading within the council’s area and not having received a grant from another local authority, will receive £1,334 for each 28 day period of national lockdown. Or Tier 4 restrictions, commencing 5 November 2020. Where lockdowns exist for a period other than 28 days, a grant of the pro-rata equivalent will be paid. This currently includes;
- 28 days commencing 5 November 2020
- 5 Days commencing 31 December 2020
- 42 days commencing 5 January 2021
The CJRS (also known as the furlough scheme) has been extended until the end of April 2021. For claim periods running to January 2021, employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The £2,500 cap is proportional to the hours not worked.
Claims can be made by employers across the UK that meet the eligibility criteria. Information can be found on www.gov.uk
Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Extension
The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Grant Extension provides critical support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, each available for three month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February 2021 to April 2021.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.
If you are an employer looking to create job placements for young people, check if you can apply for funding as part of the Kickstart Scheme - Gov.uk Website.
Bounce Back Loan
The scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. As part of the Winter Economy Plan the government is extending the length of the loan from six years to ten, which will cut monthly repayments by nearly half. Interest-only periods of up to six months and payment holidays will also be available to businesses.
Applications for Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan - Gov.uk Website.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, has been significantly expanded along with changes to the scheme’s features and eligibility criteria.
Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders the ability to extend the length of loans from a maximum of six years to ten years if it will help businesses to repay the loan.
Applications for Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme - Gov.uk Website.
Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CLBILS)
The scheme provides loans of up to £200 million (to a maximum of 25% of turnover), with an 80% government guarantee to the lender, which is more generous than equivalent schemes in many other countries.
Applications for Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme - Gov.uk Website.
For Coronavirus restrictions in your local area and how this affects your business visit: Find Coronavirus local restrictions - Gov.uk
There are 14 guides here that cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and a fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Working safely during Coronavirus (Covid-19) - Gov.uk
The following links will provide information relating to how your business can access HM Government support:
- Find Coronavirus financial support - Gov.uk
- Tax helpline to support businesses affected by Coronavirus - Gov.uk
If you are a Borough based business and have not qualified for Small Business Rate Relief or any associated Government grants and are looking for financial assistance please refer to our Financial Advice webpage.