Covid-19 Grant Support for Business

Important Update RE Grants

LRSG: Please note: From April 2021, the LRSG scheme will be replaced by the RESTART scheme (more information below).

LOCAL RESTRICTION SUPPORT GRANTS FOR BUSINESSES MANDATED TO CLOSE 

Businesses that have been mandated to close by the Government for the period 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 may be eligible to receive payments under the Local Restriction Support Grant Schemes.

PLEASE NOTE:

Applications for LRSG payments the period of 5 November - 15 February have now closed.

Applications for LRSG payments the period of 16 February - 31 March will remain open till 31 May.

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 

Do not re-apply if you have previously applied.

For new applications, please allow up to 15 working days to receive your first payment.  Please note, this may be longer if we require additional information for you.

Subsequent payments will be made without the need to reapply.  If you are a recipient of LRSG funding, but have not yet receive your payment for 16 February to 31 March, please do not contact us for timescales as we are unable to comment on individual applications.  The payments team are working hard to release the relevant funding to all eligible businesses.

We understand that it can be difficult to navigate the different schemes.  For more information please visit https://wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/

RESTART GRANT: The online application form for the Restart Grant scheme is live! If you are a business that meets the below criteria (see Restart tab on this page) then you are encouraged to apply via the online application form here.

ARG (Discretionary Grants): This scheme closed on 2 March 2021 at 12pm. Applications received before the closing date will still be assessed. Businesses who have received payments under the Additional Restrictions Support Grant will not receive any further funding under this scheme.

ARG Taxi Driver Grants: please note, this online application form has remained live ONLY to allow those licensed drivers who have been delayed in applying, a chance to access the reserved funding. Any existing ARG/ARG Taxi recipient is not eligible to apply.

Please note: the closing date for applications is Friday 7 May 2021

For full information and to apply via the online application form see the ARG for Taxi Drivers tab on this page.

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Local Restriction Support Grant for businesses

Businesses that have been mandated to close by the Government for the period 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021 are eligible to receive payments under the Local Restriction Support Grant Schemes.

While you can no longer apply for the period 5 November to 15 February, you can still apply for the period of 16 February to 31 March.  

16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021

Please note: this closes on 31 March 2021.

Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value that are mandated to close receive:

Rateable valueGrant amount per 44 day qualifying period
Up to and including exactly  £15,000£2,096
Over £15,000 and less than £51,000£3,143
Exactly £51,000 and above£4,714

RESTART Grant Scheme

Restart Grant: important update – the application form for the restart grant scheme is now live. If you are a business that meets the below criteria (see restart tab) then you are encouraged to apply via the online application form here.

The RESTART Grant Scheme replaced the Local Restrictions Support Grant Schemes from 1 April. Please note, this does not mean that payments under the RESTART Grant scheme will begin on 1 April 2021. As this is a scheme that is funded via Central Government, payments will only begin once the Government has issued the funding to Local Authorities.

Although the Government has announced that the scheme starts on 1 April 2021, Local Authorities have not yet received any funding allocations. We will update this page with more information, including expected payment timescales, as soon as we can.

As this is a new scheme, it has been clarified that all eligible businesses will need to re-apply. We will announce when the application form is live.

This scheme provides financial support to businesses based on Sector, and not on whether they are closed.  So, an eligible business that meets the sector criteria can access the funding even if they are open, as long as they occupy a property for which they are the named business on the Councils Business Rating Systems as of 1 April 2021 (even if they receive Small Business Rate Relief and  do not actually pay any Business Rates).

These grant payments are one-off payments.

The amount of funding will be as follows:

Strand One: For non-essential retail businesses

Rateable valueGrant amount
Up to and including exactly  £15,000£2,667
Over £15,000 and less than £51,000£4,000
Exactly £51,000 and above£6,000

 

Strand Two: For hospitality, leisure, personal care, gyms and sports, entertainment and some accommodation businesses

Rateable valueGrant amount
Up to and including exactly  £15,000£8,000
Over £15,000 and less than £51,000£12,000
Exactly £51,000 and above£18,000

The Government has issued clear definitions of non-essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym and sports businesses as stated below;

  • Non-essential retail definition: a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.
  • Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink
  • Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming
  • Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.
  • Gym and Sport definition: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.
  • Personal care definition: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

This pdf Restart Grant-Business Eligibility provides a more thorough list of the businesses that are eligible.  We would encourage businesses to check this list to ensure they are classed as one of the eligible businesses. 

Only businesses of the types listed are eligible to receive the Restart Grant funding. 

Payment timescales: where we have all the information needed as part of the application, applications will be processed within 15 working days. This may be longer if we require further information or further checks on eligibility. Please note: this is a one-off payment.

At this time, there is no discretionary funding available to support businesses who do not meet the above criteria.  If this changes, we will communicate this via all of our channels.  

ARG payment for taxi drivers

In response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Wakefield Council are providing a one-off payment of £500 to all drivers licensed with WMDC.

In order to receive the payment, we are asking that drivers complete the online application form which can be found HERE.

Drivers will need to provide a copy of their valid license number, as well as their bank details.

Once the driver’s license number has been verified with our current records, payment will be made to drivers. Please allow up to 15 working days to receive the payment, from the point at which we receive the application.

Important update: this online application form for the ARG Taxi Driver grant has remained live ONLY to allow those licensed drivers who have been delayed in applying, a chance to access the reserved funding. Any existing ARG/ARG Taxi recipient is not eligible to apply.

Please note: the closing date for applications is Friday 7th May 2021.

If you need any clarity on these sections Wakefield First is now up to date: Wakefield First | Business Support and Economic Inward Investment


Self-employment income support

Self-employed individuals can receive critical financial support in the form of grans related to trading profit.

The scheme has been extended to cover two additional periods and eligibility has now been widened. 

Your trading profits must be no more than £50,000 and at least equal to your non-trading income. You must also have traded in both tax years:

  • 2019 to 2020 and submitted your tax return by 2 March 2021
  • 2020 to 2021

February to April 2021
This scheme opened in April 2021

The grant for this period will provide a taxable grant calculated at 80% of 3 months' average trading profits. The fourth grant will be paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500 in total.

May to September 2021
The amount of the this  grant will be determined by how much your turnover has been reduced in the year April 2020 to April 2021.

The fifth grant will be worth:

  • 80% of 3 months' average trading profits, capped at £7,500, for those with a turnover reduction of 30% or more
  • 30% of 3 months' average trading profits, capped at £2,850, for those with a turnover reduction of less than 30%

For more information, head here.

Bounce back loan

Businesses that took out Government-backed Bounce Back Loans to get through the difficult period will now have greater flexibility to repay their loans, the Government announced on 8 February.

Find out more here: Bounce back loan borrowers can delay repayments by extra six months - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The new changes and flexibilities include the option to delay all repayments for a further six months. Pausing repayments will be available to all businesses from their first repayment, rather than their sixth.

Pay as You Grow enables borrowers to extend the length of their loans from six to ten years, which reduces monthly payments by almost half, and make interest-only payments for six months.

From today, lenders should be reaching out to borrowers to provide information on repayment schedules and how to access the "Pay as You Grow" options for their business.

Please note this scheme ended on the 31 March 2021.

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.

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.

The Government has a range of videos and free webinars available for you to learn more about the support available to help you deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19 .

COVID-19 materials for businesses

We have a range of helpful COVID-19 communication resources available for you to use and put up in your premises.

By displaying the materials, you'll be able to help your customers to remember to follow hands, face, space guidance to protect themselves and their local community.

Our products:

  • Social distancing stickers for outdoor seating
  • Social distancing poster for window fronts
  • Beer mats
  • Bunting
  • Standing feather banners
  • Vinyl banners (3300 x 850mm)
  • Face mask posters
  • Disability posters
  • Maximum capacity posters

Arranging delivery for larger materials

If you would like to display the large vinyl banners, feather banners or bunting, please email info@wakefieldfirst.com to enquire and arrange delivery.

Please name the subject of your email 'COVID-19 signage request' for your email to be forwarded to the correct person. 

Downloadable assets

We have a range of posters for businesses that can be downloaded and printed

Collection points

From 26 April, you will be able to collect the smaller items from your local library. Please remember to check opening times before visiting.

Please see below a full list of libraries across the district.

Airedale Library

The Airedale Centre, The Square, Airedale, Castleford, WF10 3JJ 

Email: airedalelibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01977 724040

Castleford Forum Library and Museum

Carlton Street,

Castleford, WF10 1BB

Email: castlefordlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Main Library Tel: 01977 722085

Museum Tel. 01977 722084

Featherstone Library Victoria Street, Off Station Lane, Featherstone,

Pontefract, WF7 5BB

Email: featherstonelibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01977 722745 

Hemsworth Library

Market Street, Hemsworth,

Pontefract, WF9 4JY

Email: hemsworthlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01977 722270

Horbury Library

Westfield Road, Horbury,

Wakefield, WF4 6HP

Email: horburylibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01924 303060

Normanton Library

Market Street, Normanton,

WF6 2AR

Email: normantonlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01924 302525

Ossett Library

Ossett Town Hall, Market Place,

WF5 8EB

Email: ossettlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01924 303040

Pontefract Library

Shoemarket, Pontefract

WF8 1BD

Email: pontefractlibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01977 727692

Sandal Library

Sparable Lane, Sandal,

Wakefield, WF1 5LJ

Email: sandallibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01924 303355

South Elmsall Library

Barnsley Road, South Elmsall,

Pontefract, WF9 2AA

Email: southelmsalllibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01977 723220

Stanley Library

Lake Lock Road, Stanley,

Wakefield, WF3 4HU

Email: stanleylibrary@wakefield.gov.uk

Tel: 01924 303130

Wakefield Library and Museum

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2DA

Main Library Tel: 01924 305376   

Local Studies Tel: 01924 305356

Museum Tel. 01924 302104

Email: wakefieldlibrarymuseum@wakefield.gov.uk 

Office workers 

To help contain the virus, everyone who can work effectively from home should try to.

People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.

Weddings and funerals

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens.

Funerals are allowed with limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor places. The venue manager or event organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and may take place indoors. Linked religious, belief-based or commemorative events, such as wakes, stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 6 people in attendance.

Please note: 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.

Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.

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

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