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COVID-19 help for business and self-employed

A number of initiatives to support business and the self-employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak have been put in place by the Government and other agencies. We are working to to be able to provide you with this new funding and support locally. This page will be updated whenever Government policy develops.

For details of government support including updates please see the Coronavirus Business Support page from the government.

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Support for Business

The Government has now provided us with funding to operate new grant schemes.

Eligibility for the new schemes is determined by the local Covid-19 alert level and whether your businesses is required by law to close.

An eligibility checker has been developed by the Government to provide guidance on the businesses that will be eligible for grant, the amount of grant, and the periods for which grants are payable. We have provided a link to that eligibility checker below.

Once you have checked your eligibility, you can apply to us.

For your convenience we have created a combined application process for all the schemes summarised below, so there is only one application form. All you have to do is ensure you have completed the form correctly.

The Government now has the following schemes. Certain grants are available at certain stages of restrictions. Here is a summary. There is more information from the Government in the eligibility checker below.

The Local Restriction Support Grant (Open)

The LRSG(Open) is a discretionary scheme which provides support to businesses in areas subject to tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions and which are not required to close but are severely impacted by restrictions on socialising implemented within the area. The grant will predominantly be paid to businesses in hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure sectors.

The Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed)

The LRSG(Closed) is a grant scheme to support businesses which provide in person services and were open as normal but are required by law to close because of an area is subject to tier 3 restrictions.

The Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)

The LRSG(Closed)(Addendum) is a grant scheme to support businesses which provide in person services and were open as normal but are required by law to close because of national coronavirus restrictions.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The LRSG(Sector) provides support to businesses which have been closed nationwide since 23rd March 2020. At present this scheme provides support to Nightclubs, Discothèques, Sexual Entertainment Venues and Hostess bars which have remained closed since March and are required, nationwide, to remain closed. If businesses in other sectors are subject to national closures, then they will become eligible for LRSG(Sector) payments.

Additional Restrictions Grant

The ARG is a discretionary scheme which will provide support to business in tier 3 areas, or during a period of national restrictions. The grants will provide support to businesses which are not liable for business rates, or which are not required by law to close but are severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions. We are developing guidance for the determination of the discretionary grants and will provide details of the eligible businesses when this guidance has been agreed.

A visualisation of which government business support schemes apply at the various stages of local and national coronavirus restrictions, as of November 2020

Ensure you check your eligibility using the Government’s eligibility checker below before you make an application to us.

You should make sure that you have reviewed the eligibility criteria and the state aid rules before you make an application to us.

Any grants paid in error or paid as a result of fraud will be recovered in full.

Check eligibility here

To apply you will need:

  1. To have checked your eligibility as set out above,
  2. Your business rates account reference (If you do not pay business rates the application form will gather information to enable you to claim the discretionary grant scheme only), and
  3. Copies of your business bank statement ready to upload as verification that your business was trading on the day before restrictions came into effect, and that the payment is being made to the correct bank account.

Apply here

The Government has previously provided grant schemes for business impacted by Coronavirus Restriction. From April to August businesses could apply for the following three schemes, which were closed for applications on 28th August 2020. All eligible recipients have received funding.

  • The Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF): This fund provided support to businesses which paid business rates and were eligible for small business rates relief or rural rate relief.
  • The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF): The fund provided support to businesses which were eligible for expanded retail discount.
  • The Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund: This fund was a discretionary fund which provided support to businesses that were unable to access the SBGF or the RHLGF.

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Help on business rates

  1. All eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors will pay no business rates in 2020-21. Please note that some of the initial exclusions for this relief, such as estate agents and letting agents, are now included. We are currently working to ensure no payments are drawn from eligible accounts.
  2. Any properties occupied by providers of Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of Early Years Foundation Stage and are subject to Business Rates in the year 2020/21 will receive a 100% discount. Ratepayers that occupy more than one property will be entitled to relief for each of their eligible properties.

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Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) supports self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19.

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Cultural sector Covid-19 support

Arts Council England is providing individuals and organisations working in the cultural sector financial support during this crisis. Eligibility criteria will apply. For more information at this time please visit the Arts Council England Covid-19 page.

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Tax helpline

HMRC has a phone helpline to support businesses and self-employed people concerned about not being able to pay their tax due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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More Coronavirus information

Redditch Borough Council is working with partners and key agencies to stay up to date in receiving top-level guidance on Coronavirus, and will be taking appropriate action across its services as required. To check service updates during the outbreak please visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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