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All central government covid grant schemes have now closed.

The only current grant schemes open to applications are the ARG Vacant Premises Grant and the ARG Event Support Scheme, details of both schemes can be found on our Additional Restrictions Grant webpage.

Should any additional schemes be introduced then the ARG webpage will be updated with all the details including the process for making an application.

You should not contact the council regarding ARG funding unless it is regarding one of the live schemes listed above. Funds allocated to all previous schemes have been fully exhausted and there are no resources remaining to make additional awards.

Restart Grant payments

We have utilised the National Fraud Initiative agency to perform the new pre-payment checks required  by BEIS and as a result of the feedback from this agency we have needed to request additional information for some businesses in order to process the Restart Grant payment. Those businesses affected are currently undergoing additional enhanced checks and if you do not receive further correspondence then we have all the information needed and a payment will be made as soon as possible. Please do not contact the Council to chase payment as no further updates can be provided until a payment is issued, you will receive an email from cseries@fylde.gov.uk when the payment is made. The deadline for the Council to make payments of the Restart Grant is 31 July 2021 however we are making payments to all eligible businesses as soon as possible. Thank you for your time and patience on this matter.

Fylde Council takes a zero-tolerance approach to deliberate manipulation and fraud.  Any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to clawback. If you suspect a business of fraudulent activity in relation to COVID grant support you can report it at this link.

Click here to visit the main Business Support webpage on GOV.UK

Other current COVID financial support for businesses

The Recovery Loan Scheme is to help businesses of any size access loans and other kinds of finance so they can recover after the pandemic and transition period.

Up to £10 million is available per business. The actual amount offered and the terms are at the discretion of participating lenders.

The government guarantees 80% of the finance to the lender. As the borrower, you are always 100% liable for the debt.

The scheme is open until 31 December 2021, subject to review.

Loans are available through a network of accredited lenders, listed on the British Business Bank’s website.

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if your business:

  • is trading in the UK

You need to show that your business:

  • would be viable were it not for the pandemic
  • has been adversely impacted by the pandemic
  • is not in collective insolvency proceedings (unless your business is in scope of the Northern Ireland Protocol in which case different eligibility rules may apply)

Business that received support under the earlier COVID-19 guaranteed loan schemes are still eligible to access finance under this scheme if they meet all other eligibility criteria.

Who cannot apply

Businesses from any sector can apply, except:

  • banks, building societies, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
  • public-sector bodies
  • state-funded primary and secondary schools

What you can get

  • term loans or overdrafts of between £25,001 and £10 million per business
  • invoice or asset finance of between £1,000 and £10 million per business

No personal guarantees will be taken on facilities up to £250,000, and a borrower’s principal private residence cannot be taken as security.

How long the loan is for

The maximum length of the facility depends on the type of finance you apply for and will be:

  • up to 3 years for overdrafts and invoice finance facilities
  • up to 6 years for loans and asset finance facilities

How to apply

Click here to find out more about the Recovery Loan Scheme and how to apply

Claim for some of your employee’s wages if you have put them on furlough or flexible furlough because of coronavirus.

Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and the scheme is flexible to allow employees to continue to work where they can.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021, however changes will be in effect from 1 July 2021:

From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced and you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your furloughed employees’ wages. To be eligible for the grant you must continue to pay your furloughed employees 80% of their wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month for the time they spend on furlough.

The table below shows the level of government contribution available in the coming months, the required employer contribution and the amount that the employee receives per month where the employee is furloughed 100% of the time.

Wage caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

 MayJuneJulyAugustSeptember
Government contribution: wages for hours not worked80% up to £2,50080% up to £2,50070% up to £2,187.5060% up to £1,87560% up to £1,875
Employer contribution: employer National Insurance contributions and pension contributionsYesYesYesYesYes
Employer contribution wages for hours not workedNoNo10% up to £312.5020% up to £62520% up to £625
For hours not worked employee receives80% up to £2,500 per month80% up to £2,500 per month80% up to £2,500 per month80% up to £2,500 per month80% up to £2,500 per month

You can continue to choose to top up your employees’ wages above the 80% total and £2,500 cap for the hours not worked at your own expense.

How to access the scheme

You will need to:

  • Designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change – changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation
  • Submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through the online portal
  • HMRC will reimburse a percentage of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Click here to find out more about the Job Retention Scheme on GOV.UK

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay paid to current or former employees, the scheme covers all types of employment contracts.

This scheme is for employers. You can claim back up to 2 weeks of SSP if:

  • you have already paid your employee’s sick pay (use the SSP calculator to work out how much to pay)
  • you’re claiming for an employee who’s eligible for sick pay due to coronavirus
  • you have a PAYE payroll scheme that was created and started on or before 28 February 2020
  • you had fewer than 250 employees on 28 February 2020 across all your PAYE payroll schemes

How to access the scheme

You must have paid your employees’ sick pay before you claim it back.

You can claim back coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay using the online service.

What you can claim

The repayment will cover up to 2 weeks SSP starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they:

  • Have coronavirus symptoms
  • Are self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms
  • Are self-isolating because they’ve been notified by the NHS or public health bodies that they’ve come into contact with someone with coronavirus
  • have been advised by letter to shield because they’re clinically extremely vulnerable and at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus
  • Have been notified by the NHS to self-isolate before surgery for up to 14 days

You can make more than one claim per employee, but you cannot claim for more than 2 weeks in total.

A ‘qualifying day’ is a day an employee usually works on. The weekly rate was £95.85 before 6 April 2021 and is now £96.35. If you’re an employer who pays more than the weekly rate of SSP you can only claim up to the weekly rate paid.

If an employee has returned to the UK

If an employee is unable to work during a mandatory isolation period after international travel, they will not qualify for SSP unless they also meet one of the above criteria.

Records you must keep

You must keep records of SSP that you’ve paid and want to claim back from HMRC.

You must keep the following records for 3 years after the date you receive the payment for your claim:

  • The dates the employee was off sick
  • Which of those dates were qualifying days (A ‘qualifying day’ is a day an employee usually works on. The weekly rate was £95.85 before 6 April 2021 and is now £96.35. If you’re an employer who pays more than the weekly rate of SSP you can only claim up to the weekly rate paid.)
  • The reason they said they were off work – if they had symptoms, someone they lived with had symptoms or they were shielding
  • The employee’s National Insurance number

You’ll also need to print or save your state aid declaration (from your claim summary) and keep this until 31 December 2024.

Click here to find out more about Statutory Sick Pay relief package for SMEs on GOV.UK

If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.

The online service to claim the fourth grant will be available from late April 2021.

If you’re eligible based on your tax returns, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you a date that you can make your claim from. It will be given to you either by email, letter or within the online service.

You’ll need to confirm you meet other eligibility criteria when you make your claim.

You must make your claim on or before 1 June 2021.

The fourth grant covers 1 February 2021 to 30 April 2021.

Click here to find out more on GOV.UK

“Retail” discount

You could qualify for retail discount if your business is a:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or music venue
  • hospitality or leisure business – for example, a gym, a spa, a casino or a hotel

What you’ll get

If you’re eligible, you could get:

  • 100% off your business rates bills for the 2020 to 2021 tax year (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)
  • 100% off your business rates bills for the first 3 months of the 2021 to 2022 tax year (1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021)
  • 66% off your business rates bills for the rest of the 2021 to 2022 tax year (1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022) – up to a total value of £2 million

If your business was legally allowed to open during the national lockdown starting 5 January 2021, your discount for 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 will be capped at £105,000 rather than £2 million.

You can get the retail discount on top of any other business rates relief you’re eligible for.

If you opt out of the retail discount for the 2021 to 2022 tax year you cannot change your mind.

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. We will automatically apply the discount.

Click here to find out more about the Retail Discount on GOV.UK

Nurseries discount

You could qualify for nurseries discount if both:

  • your business is on Ofsted’s Early Years Register
  • your premises is wholly or mainly used to provide the Early Years Foundation Stage of education

What you’ll get

If you’re eligible, you could get:

  • 100% off your business rates bills for the 2020 to 2021 tax year (1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021)
  • 100% off your business rates bills for the first 3 months of the 2021 to 2022 tax year (1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021)
  • 66% off your business rates bills for the rest of the 2021 to 2022 tax year (1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022) – up to a total value of £105,000

You can get the nurseries discount on top of any other business rates relief you’re eligible for.

If you opt out of the nurseries discount for the 2021 to 2022 tax year you cannot change your mind.

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. We will automatically apply the discount.

Click here to find out more about the Nursery Discount on GOV.UK

The government has extended the temporary 5% reduced rate of VAT until 30 September 2021. To help businesses manage the transition back to the standard rate, a 12.5% rate will then apply for a further six months, until 31 March 2022.

Click here to read more about the reduced rate of VAT for hospitality, holiday accommodation and attractions

The government supported businesses by deferring Valued Added Tax (VAT) payments between 20 March and 30 June 2020.

If you deferred VAT payments due between these dates and still have payments to make, you can:

  • join the VAT deferral new payment scheme – the online service is open between 23 February 2021 and 21 June 2021
  • contact HMRC on Telephone: 0800 024 1222 by 30 June 2021 if you need extra help to pay

You may be charged interest or a penalty if you do not:

  • pay the deferred VAT in full by 31 March 2021
  • opt into the new payment scheme by 21 June 2021
  • agree extra help to pay with HMRC by 30 June 2021

Click here to find out more about deferring VAT and Income Tax payments on GOV.UK

The government is working closely with Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations to support the national response to coronavirus.

Below is a list of organisations you can speak with to get advice. Many of these organisations are also happy to respond to non-member queries related to coronavirus.

Many of these websites also include sector-specific guidance and Q&A. This list does not cover all trade associations and business representatives.

Click here to find out more about COVID support from Business Representative Organisations and Trade Associations

Public bodies, organisations and charities have produced additional resources that may be useful to employers and employees.

These resources include a variety of information to help both employers and employees manage through coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Click here to access these resources on GOV.UK

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Click here to find out more about the HMRC Time To Pay Scheme on GOV.UK

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England did not have to pay business rates for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. If you feel you are eligible for this relief but have not received an award then please contact our Business Rates team at fylderevenues@blackpool.gov.uk

Eligibility

You’re eligible if your property is a:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or live music venue
  • assembly or leisure property – for example, a sports club, a gym or a spa
  • hospitality property – for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. We have automatically applied the discount.

Click here to find out more about a 12-month business rates holiday on GOV.UK

We identified eligible nurseries in the Fylde area and applied a 100% relief, meaning these business will have nothing to pay for the 2020 to 2021 tax year. Adjustment notices have been sent to these businesses. If you feel you are eligible for this relief but have not received an award then please contact our Business Rates team at fylderevenues@blackpool.gov.uk

The government will introduce a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Eligibility

You’re eligible if your business:

How to access the scheme

There is no action for you. We have automatically applied the discount.

Click here to find out more about a 12-month business rates holiday on GOV.UK

Boost is Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub. BOOST work with business owners and decision makers to help them improve, develop and grow their business. Led by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire LEP, BOOST provide a range of funded business support programmes in addition to a dedicated service that helps you navigate the local, regional and national business support landscape to find the right support for your business.

For further information please visit: www.boostbusinesslancashire.co.uk/

Making your business COVID-secure

The Government have put together guidance and brought in regulations to help employers, employees, and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Click here to find out more about COVID-secure measures for your business

Stay in touch to ensure you’re alerted to the latest business support announcements:

If you have read the information on this webpage, and the associated webpages, but are still unsure of which grant support your business is eligible for, you can send a copy of your business rates bill along with your query to covidbusinessgrants@fylde.gov.uk. Please include your business rates account number in the title of the email. Please note, we are experiencing unprecedented levels of service demand and there may be a delay in responding to your enquiry at this time. You are encouraged to read the criteria on our website and apply for any grant you determine you are eligible for – you will receive a decision email once your application has been processed.  Chasing progress on an existing application may result in delays, please allow us time to deal with your application. Thank you for your patience.

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