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The Chancellors "Winter Economy Plan"

This was announced on 24 September 2020 and details on the various programmes of support can be found by clicking the tab below.

Here is a summary of the main points.

1. Job Support Scheme

     - Under the scheme, the government will subsidise the pay of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to lower demand

     - Workers must do at least a third of their normal hours

     - Employers will pay staff for the hours they work

     - The government and the employer will pay a third each for the hours they can't work

     - It means someone working a third of their hours would receive 77% of their pay

     - The grant will be capped at £697.92 per month

     - All small and medium sized businesses will be eligible for the scheme

     - Larger business will be eligible if their turnover has fallen during the crisis

     - It will be open to employers across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme

     - The scheme will run for six months starting in November and replaces the "furlough" scheme

     - It means the government will pay a maximum of 22% of someone's wages, down from 80% at the start of the furlough policy

How could the new Job Support Scheme work?

If an employee works reduced hours the employer pays for that. And in addition the employer and government pay one third of the lost pay each (up to the cap).

So for someone on £2,000 a month working 50% hours, they would get £1,000 normal pay plus £333 extra from their employer and £333 from the government.

2. Support for the self-employed

     - The chancellor is extending the self-employed grant on similar terms to the Job Support Scheme

     - A grant will be available to those eligible for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme Grant

     - The grant will cover three months' worth of profits for the period from November to the end of January

     - It will cover 20% of average monthly profits up to a total of £1,875

     - A further grant may be available to the self-employed to cover February 2021 to the end of April, depending on circumstances

3. Business loans

     - Bounce Back Loans will be extended from six years to 10, cutting monthly repayments by nearly half

     - Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme lenders will also be able to extend the length of loans from the current maximum of six years to 10 years

     - The chancellor is also extending the deadline for the government's coronavirus loan schemes to the end of November

     - Businesses struggling can choose to make interest only payments for six months and those "in real trouble" can apply to suspend repayments altogether for six months

     - Businesses will not see their credit rating fall as a result, the chancellor says

4. Taxes

     - The 15% emergency VAT cut for the tourism and hospitality industries will be extended from January 2021 to 31 March

     - Businesses who deferred their VAT bills will be able to pay back their taxes in 11 smaller interest-free instalments

     - Self-assessment income taxpayers who need to will be given more time to pay

 More information on the Winter Economy Plan can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/winter-economic-plan 

 

Opening and working safely during COVID-19

We have produced a number of guides and support packages to enable the safe opening and operation of businesses across the district. This includes help and guidance for pubs.

The Government’s online tool to help businesses to undertake risk assessments and make adjustments to the premises and work practices has been updated to reflect the reopening of some businesses and the relaxation of some rules. Similarly, the online tool for finding out what support is available for your businesses has also been updated to reflect recent changes.

NHS QR posters and NHS app

The Government announced that certain venues, including venues run by local authorities will now be legally required to display NHS QR posters in their venues by the 24 September. This includes all venues from the following sectors:

• hospitality;

• leisure and tourism;

• close contact services;

• local authority venues.

To support you, there is a bank of resources: https://www.covid19.nhs.uk/information-and-resources.html  

NHS QR posters

To make it easier to log who visits a venue, an official NHS QR code poster must be created and displayed by the designated businesses from Thursday 24 September. This is a legal requirement. 

Visitors can check-in at different premises displaying the QR code posters, by downloading and then using the NHS COVID app, which is being rolled out nationally from Thursday too. 

If individuals choose to check-in using the QR code poster they do not need to log in via any other route. If they don’t want to use the app, then their visit will need to be recorded in the normal COVID-safe way - by keeping a record of their name and contact details.

NHS COVID-19 app 

The NHS COVID-19 app is part of NHS Test and Trace. It alerts people who may be at risk of coronavirus so they can have the information they need to protect themselves, their communities and the people they love.

The app’s features include contact tracing, risk alerts by postcode, a symptom checker and test booking.

It is a key part of Government measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The more people that do the right thing, by using the app and self-isolating when alerted - the more we keep each other safe and stop infection rates rising.

By downloading and using the app, you’ll be helping protect those around you – friends, family, colleagues and local communities. You’ll also be helping test the app, helping us all get back to the things we love.

To download the app, visit your phone’s app store and download the NHS COVID-19 app.

 

It’s important that businesses, citizens and visitors feel safe as more and more businesses are allowed to reopen, so we have created an ‘operating your premises safely’ guide for retail businesses opening after COVID closure.

The guide, prepared by our environmental health team details the necessary steps to keep employees, and members of the public, as safe as possible. The aim is to help retail business owners understand their responsibilities, and plan for safe reopening and operation at this difficult time.

It offers a practical framework of what businesses need to consider before opening and top tips for operating as a COVID-19 safe business. It includes signposts to official government guidance and practical measures that businesses should adopt for inside and outside their premises.

Government guidance is available for restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and takeaways. Visit GOV.UK for more information. The Government has also updated the COVID-19 Secure workplace guidance for pubs and restaurants to reflect a tougher expectation of enforcement by the industry in a number of key areas – in particular ensuring that track and trace systems are maintained to ensure that information is gathered on customers to facilitate local control of infection.

Guidance is also available on the Health and Safety at Work page.

 

Pubs, restaurants and cafes 

Public Health England have published some resources for businesses to use to assist them with Track and Trace.

The resources are here: https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/Enjoy-Summer-Safely/resources/customer-logging-businesses/

Pubs, restaurants and other members of the hospitality sector will be expected to support the system by keeping a temporary record of their customers and visitors for 21 days. This will enable any requests for people's data to be responded to quickly and efficiently, to assist in the containment of any clusters or outbreaks. 

How to be helpful and compliant:

This expectation prompts questions around General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR); so this information is intended as a helping-hand in ensuring you are able to assist the NHS, whilst remaining GDPR compliant.

By processing people's data (meaning, in this case, collecting information about living individuals), your organisation becomes a 'controller'. It is therefore important that you familiarise yourself with the regulations associated with data processing from the point of view of a controller.

The Information Commissioners Office is the supervising authority for GDPR and their website has a number of extremely useful links and toolkits that will enable you to understand whether or not your data processing systems are compliant with the regulations.

We would recommend casting an eye on the basics via this link here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/ whilst also having a go at the Data protection self-assessment toolkit here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-self-assessment/

Some hints and tips re data processing when your establishment opens:

Collect only the minimum amount of information. There is no need to over-complicate things or make life harder by taking any more details than your customers' names and either a phone number or an email address. Some pubs may wish to use an app designed to help process data.

Keep customers informed. Explain precisely why you are taking their details and what you will do with their information. It is required by data protection law to be transparent. A good way to inform customers would be a via a privacy notice on your website.

Keep the information secure. Ensure that people's personal data cannot be viewed by others (for instance, you may choose not to have an 'comments book' style system for data processing.

Keep the data for as short a period as possible. The government has asked that pubs keep data for 21 days, so keep it for 21 days before...

Deleting the data securely. Throwing paper into a bin is not a secure way to delete data. If you have paper records, a shredder is a more appropriate way of disposing of data.

Limit the use of the data. You would be in breach of data protection laws if you tell a customer that you are only using the data to assist with the NHS Test and Trace system, but then used it for marketing purposes.

Keep the process simple. Try to make your own system as painless as possible, and ensure that all of your staff have a good understanding of the process and regulations. This will assist in the processing of data, and also in the reassuring of customers who may be querying the process.

Prepare yourself for subject access requests. If an individual wants to understand how and why you are using their data, or to check if you are doing it lawfully, they are entitled to have copies of their personal data which you have collected. 

Wishing you the very best of luck

We understand that pubs in our district will be anxious to open their doors again and would like to assist in alleviating any additional anxieties or uncertainties around aspects like GDPR. There is a lot of very useful guidance available for browsing and download; in addition to the ICO links referred to above, the government's official guidance on reopening can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

Back to business pack

A 'back to business pack' is available to small businesses. There's a range of posters to choose from, to let customers know how your business will operate under the new restrictions. For more information and eligibility, click here

 

Business Grants

The latest grant schemes available to support businesses at this current time can be found by clicking on the tab below. 

SME grant funding

The government has announced a new SME grant fund to support small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) to access specialist advice to help further mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 to build in resilience or address potential new opportunities. The fund aims to assist with digital, legal, HR, financial, health and safety, or other consultancy advice, and to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify in response to COVID 19.

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 will cover 100% of costs, excluding VAT. Once an application has been approved, businesses will be required to make the payment for the support or purchase, and make a claim for the grant.

This scheme, operated by the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub, is expected to attract high demand and will open for applications 30 September and close on 5 October 2020.

Further details on how to apply and eligibility visit https://www.ynygrowthhub.com/resources/covid-19-small-business-grant/

 

Kick-starting tourism grant funding

The government has announced a new tourism grant fund to support tourism businesses that have been directly impacted by COVID-19 to access professional support covering digital, legal, HR, financial, health and safety, or other consultancy advice, and to purchase minor equipment to adapt or adopt new technology in order to continue to deliver business activity or diversify in response to COVID 19.

Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 will cover 100% of costs, excluding VAT. Once an application has been approved, businesses will be required to make the payment for the support or purchase, and make a claim for the grant.

This scheme, operated by the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub, is expected to attract high demand and will open for applications 30 September and close on 5 October 2020.

Further details on how to apply and eligibility will be available shortly. In the meanwhile, for more information and to register your interest, visit https://www.ynygrowthhub.com/resources/kick-starting-tourism-grant-funding/

 

Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

This scheme is now closed.

Ryedale District Council has allocated £1,123,500 to 164 businesses.

 

Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Fund

These schemes are now closed.

Ryedale District Council has allocated £22,760,000 to 1929 businesses.

 

Free Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) membership

Ryedale District Council is extending a pioneering scheme to support businesses in the area by offering further free memberships of the FSB.

FSB membership provides vital support including a funding platform, medical care helpline and free debt recovery, as well as a renowned legal hub for advice and also a range of training and networking opportunities.

To enquire about joining via the free membership scheme, businesses should send a contact name, their business name and contact phone number to  with the subject line “RDC enquiry”. An FSB membership advisor will then be in touch to answer questions and help businesses access the free membership. 

 

Click the boxes below for information on the Government support schemes

We understand businesses are struggling to process the amount of information that is being provided by government and local partners, which could result in businesses missing out on crucial support available.

The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has provided a series of simple visual guides to help businesses navigate their way through a number of schemes.

The York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub website has been updated, offering free business advice and support, including advice on the COVID-19 crisis.

Find out what financial support schemes you may be eligible for

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

 

Paying your employees

Claim for wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

 

Paying sick pay

Claim back Statutory Sick Pay paid to employees due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Paying tax

Deferral of VAT payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Deferral of Self-Assessment payments due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you cannot pay your tax bill on time

 

Business rates relief

Check if your retail, hospitality or leisure business is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Check if your nursery is eligible for business rates relief due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

Business support grant funds

Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses

 

Support for the self-employed

Claim a grant through the coronavirus (COVID-19) Self-employment Income Support Scheme

 

Support for small and medium-sized businesses

Apply for the coronavirus Bounce Bank Loan Scheme

Apply for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the coronavirus Future Fund 

 

Support for large businesses

Apply for the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme

Apply for the COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility

 

The Government has set up a Business Support FAQs website and one where you can get Business Support Latest Information which is updated daily.

 

Support links for charities and those in the voluntary sector

The Government site for Charities

The Small Charities Coalition – lots of useful Covid-19 related links to other sites including funders   

The Government site for Community Interest Companies

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations which provides lots of advice and regular blog updates

 

Funding for farming and rural community support groups

The Prince’s Countryside Fund is inviting applications for emergency funding from farming and rural community support groups, who are providing assistance to counter the effects of isolation during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Groups can apply for grant funding of up to £2,500 if they are providing emergency relief to vulnerable or isolated individuals, support to farmers and farm businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic or are helping rural or farming communities to cope with the crisis.

£100,000 total is available in this first round of funding and further details can be found at https://www.princescountrysidefund.org.uk/grant-giving-programme/grant-programme

 

Free training resources for employers and employees

The York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub has created a Learning Toolkit to help businesses and employees in the region access online learning resources during these difficult times.

Through Skills Support for the Workforce businesses can develop and implement bespoke training programmes, which will help to meet their growth ambitions by satisfying their workforce’s immediate and long term skills needs.

Delivered, at no cost to you, by professional training on a range of business topics, and based around bespoke training plans designed to help your business and people develop and grow.

 

Information on employment opportunities across Ryedale & North Yorkshire

A new service has been launched to help those who have been made unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak in the York & North Yorkshire region to get back into employment, whilst also supporting key regional employers with the challenges they face where staffing is concerned due to the pandemic.

York & North Yorkshire Jobs Fuse, brings the expertise of the National Careers Service, the Department for Work and Pensions and the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub together to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for both job seekers and local employers.

This service will be promoted online through the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub websiteand social media channels, including the Growth Hub’s Facebook Groupwhich at a grassroots level, is promoting the sharing of jobs and skills amongst our communities.

 

If you need help with business support click below

Further queries can be directed to the Business team and we will endevour to reply as soon as possible. 

We appreciate this is a difficult time for all businesses, but rest assured, we are working continuously to ensure we support as many businesses as we can in a relevant and timely way.

 

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Ryedale House
Old Malton Road
Malton, North Yorkshire
YO17 7HH

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Phone: 01653 600666

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