Financial support for businesses and employers

    We have written to all businesses that we believe will qualify for the Business Support Grants announced by the government.  


    Small and Rural Businesses

    A grant of £10,000 is available to Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less who are currently in receipt of either small business rate relief or rural rate relief.  These will be shown on your bill.


    Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Businesses

    If your property qualified for Retail Rate Relief on 11 March 2020, you will be entitled to a grant of:

    • £10,000 if your rateable value is £15,000 or less
    • £25,000 if your rateable value is more than  £15,000 and less than £51,000

    This grant will also apply to Public Houses, Bingo Halls, Estate Agents and Letting Agents that have closed as result of coronavirus.

    To qualify, the premises must have been occupied and fit the qualifying criteria on 11 March.

    To be eligible for a grant (1 grant per property) you must:

    • Fit the criteria stated above
    • Be the person responsible  for business rates on 11 March 2020
    • NOT receive State Aid of more than 800,000 Euros in a 3 year period

    Business Grant - online form

    You will be asked to upload proof of your bank details if you do not currently pay rates by direct debit.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    A list of the answers to the most frequently asked questions has been provided by the government to help business better understand the relief schemes. 


    Business Rate Relief

    • If you occupy a retail, hospitality or leisure business, we will be applying the 100% discount for 12 months automatically and will write to you shortly with a revised bill.  You do not need to apply for it.
    • If we believe that you qualify, we will not be claiming your April Direct Debit payment.

    Business Rate Payments

    If you’re struggling to pay your business rates, please call us so that we can discuss alternative options with you on 01785 619282 or email revenues@staffordbc.gov.uk.

    This is what the government is doing to support businesses:

    • If you or a member of your workforce are worried about being able to pay tax as a result of Coronavirus, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.
    • Statutory Sick Pay will be available from day 1 rather than day 4 and if you employ less than 250 people, the cost of providing 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay per employee will be refunded in full by the government.
    • If you manage a pub, club or a theatre and have an insurance policy that covers you for pandemics, you’ll be able to make a claim.
    • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support lenders to offer loans up to £5m with no interest due for six months.
    • If any of your employees have a zero-hours contract, please let them know they’ll be able to access Universal Credit and the new Employment Support Allowance.

    Mortgage lenders will support customers who are experiencing financial difficulties by giving them mortgage holidays for up to 3 months.

    If you’re eligible for any of the above discounts or grants, we will send you further information and a new business rates bill shortly. Any payments you make in the meantime will be deducted from your bill.

    See the latest package of measures announced by the government.


    Other government support for Businesses

    This is what the government is doing to support businesses:

    • If you or a member of your workforce are worried about being able to pay tax as a result of Coronavirus, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.
    • Statutory Sick Pay will be available from day 1 rather than day 4 and if you employ less than 250 people, the cost of providing 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay per employee will be refunded in full by the government.
    • If you manage a pub, club or a theatre and have an insurance policy that covers you for pandemics, you’ll be able to make a claim.
    • The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will support lenders to offer loans up to £5m with no interest due for 12 months.
    • If any of your employees have a zero-hours contract, please let them know they’ll be able to access Universal Credit and the new Employment Support Allowance.

    Mortgage lenders will support customers who are experiencing financial difficulties by giving them mortgage holidays for up to 3 months.

    Please see the latest package of measures announced by the government
     

     

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