Give us correct information plea to get covid cash 

    18/05/2021


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    A senior Stafford councillor is appealing to self-employed businesses to provide the correct information to ensure they can get grants of up to £2,000. 

    The one-off payment is also for sole traders and small limited companies whose businesses have been hit by Covid-19 restrictions - but not received previous funding. 

    Around 200 people have applied for the latest grants since the scheme was opened last month. But Stafford Borough Council say that many of the applications are missing important information asked for – such as bank statements, or a unique taxpayer reference – and this was holding up payment. 

    Councillor Frances Beatty, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Planning at the Borough Council, said the authority was desperate to get this money to those businesses who need it most. 

    The self-employed grant scheme has been earmarked for eligible businesses, such as driving instructors, sports therapists, photographers, and artists, who have lost more than 30 per cent of income since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced in March 2020. 

    Conditions of receiving the new grant also include having less than £50m turnover and fewer than 250 staff. The business must prove they had been trading at the time and were registered at HM Revenues and Customs or Companies House. 

    During the pandemic the Borough Council has distributed more than £45 million to hundreds of local businesses who have had to close, or have been significantly restricted, by measures introduced to control the spread of the virus. 

    Councillor Beatty said: “We are keen to see all those self-employed businesses who have suffered because of this pandemic get every penny they are entitled to. But to do that we are required by Government to ask for specific information that businesses should have – such as bank statements. 

    “This is to ensure that the money is going to those who are entitled to it and not being obtained fraudulently. Unfortunately, without that information we cannot pay the business.” 

    Applications for the self employed scheme will close on Wednesday 30 June 2021 

    Councillor Beatty added: “I am pleased we have been able to distribute so much money to help our local businesses. And it has been heartening to hear stories from various companies and small traders who have evolved during the pandemic and have come through this last year with a stronger business model than before.”  

    The list of documents that businesses must provide can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/business-support-coronavirus . You can also apply for grants from that address as well as find out about other support available. 

    Press Release No 5768

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