Supporting Business

IMPORTANT UPDATE RE GRANTS

LRSG: Please note: This is the last set of payments to be made under the Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme. The payment will cover the current 44 day period (16th February to 31st March 2021). The Government Scheme will end nationally on the 31st March with eligible businesses only receiving a payment for the period.

ARG: Please note: Businesses who have received payments under the Additional Restrictions Support Grant will not receive any further funding under this scheme. This scheme will close on 2nd March 2021.

In relation to the Government’s roadmap for businesses out of lockdown we are still waiting for clarification on this, however, once we receive this information we will update this page, for the time being please refer to the Governments information page here.

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LOCAL RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT GRANT FOR BUSINESSES MANDATED TO CLOSE DUE TO NATIONAL LOCKDOWN FROM 16TH FEBRUARY 2021

Please note, where an eligible business has already received a LRSG (Local restrictions support grant) payment for the period 05 Jan 21 to 15 FEB 21, they will not need to reapply to receive this funding. As long as the business continues to meet the below criteria, the funding will be deposited in to the same account. 

Businesses who continue to be mandated to close, and who are the named ratepayer on a property that is within the business ratings system (including where the property receives SBRR) will receive one of the following payments for the 44 day period beginning 16 February 2021:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £2,096 per 44-day qualifying restriction period.
  •  Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £3,143 per 44-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £4,714 per 44-day qualifying restriction period.

PLEASE NOTE: If you haven't already applied and haven't received a payment for the November national restrictions but you are eligible please complete the Local Restrictions Support Grant form HERE.  Do not re-apply if you have previously applied. 

If you are unsure if your business is mandated to close, please check the criteria HERE.

PAYMENT TIMESCALES:

At this point, we cannot comment on timescales to receive the payment.  Once Central Government release the funds to WMDC, we will release payment to all eligible businesses.  Eligible businesses will be notified via an emailed remittance advice, which will confirm the payment is being made and the amount they will receive. 

Closed Business Lockdown Payment of £4000/£6000/£9000

WILL I GET ANOTHER PAYMENT UNDER THIS SCHEME? NO.

This payment is a one off payment paid in addition to the LRSG scheme payment.  Where a business has already received a payment under this scheme, they will not receive a further coronavirus business lockdown payment.  If a business has not yet applied for the LRSG scheme, then please do so by filling in the application form HERE.

Information on any further ARG payments for this period will be published on this page and the Wakefield First Covid-19 page, Wakefield Fist & Wakefield Council Social Media channels and sent our via email.

If a further ARG payment is announced, then eligible businesses who have already received a payment under ARG will not need to re-apply – we will deposit it into the account we hold on file and send a remittance advice via email which will detail what they will be receiving. 

Please note, no decision has been made as of 23/02/21 as to whether a further ARG scheme will be announced.  

Which businesses must close?

  • non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  •  hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.
  • accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone's main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.
  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks.
  • animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves).
  • indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people's homes.
  • community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities, as set out below. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect services.

Some of these businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities. A full list of exemptions can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • education and training – for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for those children eligible to attend
  • hosting blood donation sessions and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of film and TV filming.

Which businesses can open?

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect. Customers who are using click and collect must wear a face mask when collecting their order (unless exempt).

Construction and manufacturing businesses can remain open but must follow COVID-secure guidelines.

Guidance on mixed retail

  • A business selling a significant amount of essential retail may also continue to sell goods typically sold at non-essential retail. For example, a supermarket that sells food is not required to close off or cordon off aisles selling homeware.
  • Where a business selling essential retail has another, separate business embedded within it that is required to close, the embedded business must close. For example, an electronics business operating a concession within a supermarket must close, as would a bookstore inside a garden centre.
  • Where a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions between customers and the opportunity for the disease to spread. Sufficiently distinct sections might involve operating in separate buildings, across separate floors, a door between sections, using separate cashiers, or another clear demarcation between sections. For example a food shop may stay open, but a homeware section on a separate floor or separate building should close.

Financial support for businesses and employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 31 March 2021 with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for furloughed hours and further economic support announced.

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Job Retention Scheme, which will continue for a further month. Businesses will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during this period.

For more information visit www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

Covid-19 grant support for business

Do you pay business rates? Have you been told to close?

If you answered yes to both questions you may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), for more information please visit the LRSG tabs below...

If you answered no to any of the above questions you may be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), for more information please visit the ARG tabs below...

Businesses eligible for LRSG are NOT eligible for ARG.

LOCAL RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT GRANT FOR BUSINESSES MANDATED TO CLOSE DUE TO NATIONAL LOCKDOWN FROM 5TH JANUARY 2021

Eligible businesses who have previously received a grant payment for the November 2020 period of national restrictions will automatically receive their payment and top up payment. Businesses do not need to take any action.

If you haven't already applied and haven't received a payment for the November national restrictions but you are eligible please complete the Local Restrictions Support Grant form here. Do not re-apply if you have previously applied.

If you are unsure if your business is mandated to close, please check the criteria here.

LRSG CLOSED (ADDENDUM)

Businesses within the business rates system that are mandated to close will receive the following:

​Rateable value
​Grant amount per 42 day qualifying period
​Up to and including exactly  £15,000
​£2,001
​Over £15,000 and less than £51,000
​£3,000
​Exactly £51,000 and above
​£4,500

Coronavirus Business Lockdown Grant (Businesses that are eligible for LRSG only)

Businesses within the business rates system that are mandated to close will receive the following:

​Rateable value
​Top up Payment
​Up to and including exactly  £15,000
​£4,000
​Over £15,000 and less than £51,000
​£6,000
​Exactly £51,000 and above
​£9,000

If you haven't already applied and haven't received a payment for the November national restrictions but you are eligible please complete the Local Restrictions Support Grant form here. Do not re-apply if you have previously applied.

LOCAL RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT GRANT DUE TO TIER 3 RESTRICTIONS FROM 2ND DECEMBER 2020 TO 4TH JANUARY 2021

Payments available:

LRSG Closed

Business that have a rates bill (even if they receive small business rate relief) and are legally mandated to close will receive the following:

​Rateable value
​Amount per 14 day period
​Exactly £15000 and under
​£667
​Over £15,000 and less than £51,000
​£1,000
​Exactly £51,000 and above
​£1,500

LRSG Sector

This scheme is for businesses that have been required to close due to national restrictions imposed on 23 March 2020 and which have not been able to re-open as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. Only the following businesses are eligible to receive this payment:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

​Rateable value
​Amount per 14 day period
​Exactly £15000 and under
​£667
​Over £15,000 and less than £51,000
​£1,000
​Exactly £51,000 and above
​£1,500

LRSG Open

This scheme is aimed at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses that are not forced to close, have a rates bill (even if they receive small business rate relief), and have been affected by covid restrictions.

​Rateable value
​Amount per 14 day period
​Exactly £15000 and under
​£467
​Over £15,000 and less than £51,000
​£700
​Exactly £51,000 and above
​£1,050

If you haven't already applied and haven't received a payment for the November national restrictions but you are eligible please complete the Local Restrictions Support Grant form here. Do not re-apply if you have previously applied.

LOCAL RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT GRANT FOR BUSINESSES MANDATED TO CLOSE DUE TO NATIONAL LOCKDOWN FROM 5TH NOVEMBER 2020 TO 1ST DECEMBER 2020

This is a mandatory grant for businesses that are legally required to close between 5th November 2020 to 2nd December 2020 (a list of businesses mandated to close can be found here)

Grant amounts are fixed and payable as a single payment to cover the 28 day period Eligible businesses will receive the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants to be £2,000 per four weeks;
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £3,000 per four weeks
If you haven't already applied and haven't received a payment for the November national restrictions but you are eligible please complete the Local Restrictions Support Grant form here. Do not re-apply if you have previously applied.

LOCAL RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT GRANT FOR BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY TIER 2 RESTRICTIONS FROM 14TH OCTOBER 2020 TO 4TH NOVEMBER 2020

Businesses in the leisure, hospitality & accommodation sectors that were impacted by Tier 2 restrictions may be eligible to receive a grant under the open local restrictions grant scheme please see below table the figures for open which is what you may receive.

​Scheme
​Period
​Rateable Value £15,000 and under
​Rateable Value £15,001 to £49,999
​Rateable Value £50,000 and over
​Open
​3 wks from 14/10 to 04/11
​700.00
​1,050.00
​1,575.00
​Closed Addendum
​4 wks from 05/11 to 02/12
​1,334.00
​2,000.00
​3,000.00
Sector
​4 days from 1/11 to 4/11
​190.57
​285.71
​428.57

GRANTS FOR NIGHT TIME ENTERTAINMENT VENUES

From 1st November 2020, Businesses who have been forced to close since March 2020 will be eligible to receive grant support.

Eligible businesses are;

  • Nightclubs, Dance Halls and Discotheques
  • Sexual Entertainment Venues and Hostess Bars
    • The amount they will receive will be as follows;

    • For businesses with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £667 per 14 days;
    • For businesses with a rateable value of over £15k and under £51k, grants to be £1000 per 14 days;
    • For businesses with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £1500 per 14 days;

    PLEASE NOTE RE PAYMENTS.

    In order to process the grant application, Central Government have imposed a series of additional verification checks that need to be undertaken, including fraud checks.

    Whilst we are endeavouring to process and where appropriate, make a payment within 12 working days these checks are out of our hands.

    Should we require any further information, we will of course come back to you asap.

    We will also inform you on the outcome of your application at the earliest opportunity.

ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS GRANT (DISCRETIONARY SUPPORT GRANT)

Businesses who meet the following should check the criteria and apply for the appropriate Additional Restrictions Grant scheme below:

  • ARG1 - Those registered for self-assessment and unable to access SEIS
  • ARG2 - Retail, Leisure and Hospitality supply chain businesses
  • ARG3 - Businesses not able to access funding under National Restrictions

GRANT SCHEME CRITERIA

ARG 1

This scheme is designed to support individuals who are self-employed and / or registered for self-assessment, but have been unable to receive financial support under other schemes such as the Self Employment Income Support scheme.

This includes, but is not restricted to, those that work from home, freelancers, mobile health and beauty and personal trainers.

Under this scheme eligible applicants will receive a single, one off payment of £1000.

In order to receive the payment, applicants must:

  • Be registered for self-assessment after 5th April 2019 and on or before 30th October 2020, and have a UTR number as of 4th November 2020
  • Be able to provide a copy of their UTR number (in the form of wither provide a copy of the letter received from HRMC confirming their UTR number or a screenshot of their online self-assessment account which clearly shows the UTR)
  • Not be eligible to receive support under the SEIS

ARG 2

Businesses not forced to close but impacted as they supply to Retail, Leisure and Hospitality businesses

  • Have demonstrable fixed property / business costs.
  • Be able to demonstrate a reduction in income of at least 25% compared to the previous year
  • Evidence that they supply to RHL sector

Eligible businesses will receive the following:

  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs Under £15k - £1,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs 15 to 51k - £1,800
  • Businesses with a rateable value and / or fixed property costs 51k over - £2,800

ARG 3

Businesses not able to access funding under National Restrictions

Those eligible for this scheme will be businesses that:

  • Have been legally required to close but are not the business rate payer / do not pay rates
  • Rate paying businesses not required to close but severely impacted
  • Those who physically occupy managed workspace / shared accommodation
  • Can provide a copy of their rental / lease agreement

Eligible businesses will receive the following:

  • Where the annual rental is up to and including £10,000 pa, a one off grant of £1,800
  • Where the annual rental is between £10,001 and over pa, a one off grant of £2,800

If you are a business that meets the above criteria and hasn’t already applied, apply here.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

We have taken the decision to close the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme (ARG discretionary funding) as of 12pm Tues 2 March - All applications received up to and including 12pm on 2 March will be reviewed and processed.

As has always been mentioned applications are on a first come first serve basis.

If after this point funds are made available we may reopen the scheme.

If you are a business that meets the above criteria and hasn't already applied, apply HERE.


ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS GRANT (DISCRETIONARY SUPPORT GRANT) TOP UP FOR 5TH JANUARY 2021 ONWARDS

Businesses who received an ARG payment during National Restrictions 2 will receive one of the following top up payments:

​Grant Previously received
​Top up amount for this period
​ARG 1 (£1000) ARG 2 (£1000)
​£1500
​ARG 2 (£1800 or £2800) 
​£2500
​ARG 3 (£1800 or £2800)
​£2500

If you believe your business may be eligible for the ARG please check the criteria and apply in the ‘Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary Support Grant)’ tab.

IMPORTANT UPDATE

We have taken the decision to close the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme (ARG discretionary funding) as of 12pm Tues 2 March - All applications received up to and including 12pm on 2 March will be reviewed and processed.

As has always been mentioned applications are on a first come first serve basis.

If after this point funds are made available we may reopen the scheme.

If you are a business that meets the above criteria and hasn't already applied, apply HERE.


Looking for more information around grants please check our FAQ’S here

Who can I talk to 

We would encourage you to read the information above, and keep checking back here and the Government website for more up to date information as this situation is constantly changing. If you still need to speak to a member of our team, please contact us on businesssupport@wakefield.gov.uk

Alternatively, contact one of our team directly here: 01924 306630.

If you believe your business may be eligible for the ARG please check the criteria.

Support for businesses

For more information about the help available to businesses and the financial support available visit https://www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

The team can be contacted at businesssupport@wakefield.gov.uk or by calling 01924 306630

If you would like help regarding a specific business in Wakefield on interpreting the guidelines and how you can best fit them into your workplace please email food@wakefield.gov.uk (including for non-food related businesses) or call us on 0345 8 506 506 and ask to speak with someone from Environmental Health.

Office workers 

Office workers who are able to work from home should do so and the requirement for customers to wear face coverings will be extended to all users of taxis and private hire vehicles.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies will not be permitted to take place except in exceptional circumstances.

16 mourners can attend funerals at Wakefield Crematorium and up to 14 mourners can attend funerals at Pontefract Crematorium. This is lower than the Government's rule of 30 however, as these services take place indoors and due to social distancing we can only allow the number of attendees stated above.

You can leave home to attend a place of worship for individual prayer, a funeral or a related event for someone who has died, to visit a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a deathbed wedding.

Remember you must wear a face covering when out and about in indoor settings such as shops, places of worship (where open) and on public transport.

Early outbreak management

Businesses that remain open can use this information to quickly identify and contain any potential COVID-19 outbreak.

Test and trace poster

Advice for employers on social distancing during coronavirus can also be found on the  government website .

Useful downloads

Face coverings -  www.wakefield.gov.uk/Pages/about-the-council/wakefield-council-covid-19-resource-centre.aspx

Maximum Number of Customers poster

COVID-19 Risk Assessment

Please note the following guidance is subject to change and you must always check www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest advice.

Useful links

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

A wider but more simplified suite of covid-secure guidance for workplace settings:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Guidance on the closure of certain businesses and venues to reflect changes in these rules:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close

Financial support finder on the Government website: www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder