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COVID-19 support for business

Ryedale is currently under National Lockdown: Stay at home restrictions

On 22 February 2021, the Government announced a road map out of the current national restrictions which apply across England. To understand what this means for your business, please read the Government's COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 announcement.

We await Government information on what this means in terms of business grant support and this will appear here once we are in receipt of the full and complete guidance from Government. 

Business support grants

If you have already received a grant payment for any period of National Lockdown from 5 November 2020 onwards you do not need to apply again. You will have received and will continue to receive an automatic grant payment for any subsequent National Lockdown periods. 

If you have not previously applied for and received a grant for the period of National Lockdown 5 November to 2 December 2020, then please apply using options 1 or 2 in the table below depending upon your circumstances. By applying, you will also receive a grant payment for any subsequent National Lockdown periods. 

Eligibility criteria

If you received the one-off grant payment of £1,334, £2,000 or £3,000 covering the previous national lockdown period from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 then you do not need to do anything further provided:

  • You continue to be the liable party for Non-Domestic Rates
  • You intend to resume business operations once restrictions are relaxed from the property you received the grant for
  • You are mandated to close whist lockdown is in effect (closure by choice is not sufficient)

The information provided for the November lockdown scheme will be used to make payment for the current national lockdown on the basis all the above criteria are applicable. If you received a grant payment for the period 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, but one or more of the above points are not applicable, then you must contact us immediately to advise on

Amount of funding available to businesses

The amount depends on the rateable value of the qualifying premises. Payments will cover a six week period from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021 under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for Closed business Addendum: 5 January onwards scheme. In addition a one-off top-up payment referred to as the Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) will also be made.

Rateable value of premises   LRSG Closed - 6 weeks CBLP (one-off)                     Total                       
£15,000 or under £2,001 £4,000 £6,001
£15,001 to £50,999 £3,000 £6,000 £9,000
£51,000 or above £4,500 £9,000 £13,500

We aim to start releasing payment in respect of the above scheme at some point during the week commencing 18 January 2021 when the necessary funds have been made available to the Council.

In the event that the national lockdown is extended beyond the six week period, the payment cycle will then be reviewed for payments to continue under LRSG (Closed). It is not expected that those in receipt of the scheme will need to reapply for any subsequent payment periods unless there are any changes to the national scheme guidance which requires us to gather additional information.

Changes in circumstances

It is imperative that if your circumstances change at any point as outlined in the bullet points detailed in the eligibility criteria above, that you must notify us immediately. If you do not notify us of a change and you are paid a grant amount that you are not entitled to, then you will be required to repay any incorrectly paid amounts back.

We have varous other support grants available if your business has been affected by COVID-19. Please refer to the table below for more information about the grant schemes.

Name of grant Types of businesses than can apply Dates applicable

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for Closed businesses 

Businesses registered to pay business rates and forced to close due to the National Lockdown enforced from 5 November to 2 December 2020.

 

 

 

 

Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant that covers a fixed 28-day period for the periods of National Lockdown commencing 5 November 2020 and 5 January 2021(upto 15 February 2021)

Please see option 1 below for eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary)

Businesses not mandated to close and are registered to pay business rates (therefore not eligible for the LRSG for Closed businesses scheme above) or businesses not registered to pay business rates but have been mandated to close or businesses  severely impacted by restrictions whilst Ryedale is placed under National Lockdown or Local COVID Alert Level Tier 3 (Very High) restrictions anytime from 5 November 2020.

 

The grant allocation is for the periods of National Lockdown commencing 5 November 2020 and 5 January 2021 (upto 15 February 2021)

Please see option 2 below for eligibility criteria and how to apply.

 

 

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for Closed businesses - Tier 2

Businesses that are mandated to close under Local COVID Alert Level Tier 2 (High) such as wet-led pubs. Businesses need to be closed for the full 14 day periods.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant covering 2 December to 30 December 2020, which was the period that Ryedale was in Local COVID Alert Level Tier 2 (High) restrictions.

Please see option 3 below for eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for Open businesses - Tier 2

Hospitality, hotels, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses who are registered to pay business rates and were open during Local COVID Alert Level Tier 2 (High) restrictions but whose trade suffered as a result.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant covering 2 December to 30 December 2020, which was the period that Ryedale was in Local COVID Alert Level Tier 2 (High) restrictions.

Please see option 4 below for eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for Closed businesses - Tier 3

Businesses that are mandated to close under Local COVID Alert Level Tier 3 (Very High). Businesses need to be closed for the full 5 day period.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a grant covering 31 December to 2020 to 4 January 2021, which was the period that Ryedale was in Local COVID Alert Level Tier 3 (Very High) restrictions.

Please see option 5 below for eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Christmas Support Payment Scheme - wet-led pubs

A one-off payment of £1,000 for wet-led pubs in Local COVID Alert Level 2 (High) or 3 (Very High) restrictions between 2 December and 29 December 2020.

Important: This scheme is now closed to applicants.

Eligible businesses are entitled to a one-off payment for the period 2 December to 30 December 2020.

Please see option 6 below for eligibility criteria.

Important: This scheme closed to applicants on 28 February 2021.

To read more on each if the above schemes and to apply please click on the relevant box below.

This scheme is only available to businesses that have been mandated to close by Government which are non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses and who are registered on the Council’s business rates listing on 5 November 2020.

Who can claim this grant?

Grants under this scheme are available to businesses that:

  • Are based in the Ryedale district
  • Are rated and assessed for Non-Domestic Rates (business rates) purposes – you will need your business rates account reference to apply
  • Operated prior to the restrictions being imposed
  • Have been ordered to stop operating by the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 or are operating in a substantively reduced way due to restrictions (such as restaurants or pubs running take-away services or shops running click & collect)
  • This grant cannot be awarded where:
  • The business is not rated for Non-Domestic Rates (business rates) purposes
  • The business has not been ordered to stop operations
  • The business was not operating prior to restrictions being imposed

For a full list of businesses subject to restrictions or closure, or permitted to remain open, please refer to GOV.UK - Guidance Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Grant amounts payable

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list 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 £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list 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 £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

For more information about the eligibility criteria for this grant, please read the Ryedale Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed Business) policy (PDF, 11 pages, 225kb)

How to apply

Apply for this scheme using the application form.

Fraud and error

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. The Council will carry out pre and post payment checks on all grant payments. Where the Council find that a business was not eligible for the scheme, the business will be liable to re-pay any grants paid.

The Government has provided funding to support businesses who have been severely affected by the National and Local COVID Alert Level 3 (Very High) restrictions and are not eligible to claim a grant under the other available schemes, this grant is known as Additional Restrictions Grant (Discretionary).

Grants can be claimed for the period 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 and at any future time Ryedale is placed into Local COVID Alert Level 3 (Very High) or National lockdown restrictions. The Council will be flexible in reviewing the time this scheme is open for applications.

Who can claim this grant?

Eligible businesses for this period are:

  •  Businesses located within the Ryedale boundary and were trading on 5 November 2020
  •  Businesses that are legally required to close, but do not pay business rates
  •  Businesses not legally required to close, pay business rates and have been severely negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions
  •  Businesses that are not legally required to close, but have been severely negatively impacted by COVID-19 restrictions

The type of eligible businesses include but are not limited to the following:

  •  Businesses whose majority of customers are operating within the Retail, Hospitality & Leisure and Events sectors;
  •  Registered Market Traders not allowed by law to trade for the period 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020;
  •  B&Bs paying Council Tax not Business Rates;
  •  Businesses paying commercial rent / lease;
  •  Self-employed not eligible for other Government support (e.g SEISS);
  •  Businesses operating out of a domestic premises; and
  •  Charitable / voluntary groups not in receipt of other types of Government COVID-19 funding.

   The following exclusions apply to this scheme.

  •  Businesses which were not trading at 4 November 2020
  •  Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made 
  •  Partnerships which are being dissolved, or have been dissolved, will not be accepted.
  •  Bankrupt sole traders will not be accepted
  •  Applicants not registered with HMRC, Companies House, or the Charity Commission. 
  •  Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  •  Any business premises, or premises being used in connection with the business, outside the Ryedale area
  •  Businesses whose primary trade is take-away.
  •  Seasonal Market Traders.
  •  Financial Services businesses. 
  •  Medical service providers.
  •  Professional Services.
  •  Post Office Sorting Offices.
  •  Property related businesses such as property developers, building companies, buy-to-let businesses, estate agents and landlords (commercial and domestic).

For more information about the eligibility criteria for this grant, please read the Ryedale District Council Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme policy (PDF, 10 pages, 188kb)

What information is needed to support an application?

  1. Businesses must show they have unavoidable ongoing fixed business costs. For this scheme, the Council determines fixed business costs to include rent / lease, mortgage, utilities, business Insurance, IT rental / lease, vehicle rental / lease, or other bespoke insurance. For the avoidance of doubt, wages, pensions and National Insurance Contributions, PAYE payments and fuel costs will not be taken into consideration.
  2. Businesses must demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in come due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Council has determined that businesses must certify there has been a significant fall in income.
  3. A copy of a recent bank statement for the business - in PDF or JPEG format  This is required to assist the Council’s verification and audit checks.

The Council must be sure that the fall in income is due to the COVID-19 crisis and not a general failure of the business. Where necessary, businesses may need to provide additional evidence to the Council to support their application.

Grant amounts payable

The Council has decided the following grant award levels for each 28 day period Ryedale is under Tier 3 or National Lockdown restrictions:

  1. £500;
  2. £1,334;
  3. £2,000; and
  4. £3,000.

Each application will be assessed for the unavoidable ongoing monthly fixed business costs and consideration will be given to the reduction in revenues (cancelled sales / income / orders) the business has suffered as a result of COVID-19 as well as the impact to the local economy.

How do I apply?

The Council will consider each business case upon receipt of a completed application form. The information provided by a business on an application form will be used by the Council to determine the level of grant payment. The information provided by a business within the application form will be declared to be correct and accurate by the applicant.

Apply for this scheme using the application form and when prompted, upload the first page of your business bank statement to show clearly the name of the bank account, sort code and account number. This is required to fulfill the Council's verification and audit requirements. The bank statement should be in PDF or JPEG format only. Without a bank statement, your application cannot be assessed.

Fraud and error

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. The Council will carry out pre and post payment checks on all grant payments. Where the Council find that a business was not eligible for the scheme, the business will be liable to re-pay any grants paid.

 

This scheme is for businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close from 2 December to 30 December 2020 for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 will be eligible for this funding.

Please note only public houses/bars that did not serve food with drinks and therefore had to close in Tier 2 will be eligible for this grant.

Who can claim this grant and amounts payable

For the purpose of this scheme the period under which Ryedale was under Local COVID Alert Level (High) - Tier 2 was 2 December to 30 December 2020 (29 days). The Council will accept applications from:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period (29 days £1,382).
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period (29 days £2,071).
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period (29 days £3,107).

For more information about the eligibility criteria for this grant, please read Ryedale DC Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) for Closed businesses - Tier 2 policy (PDF, 10 pages, 238kb)

How do I apply?

The Council will consider each business case upon receipt of a completed application form. The information provided by a business on an application form will be used by the Council to determine the level of grant payment. The information provided by a business within the application form will be declared to be correct and accurate by the applicant.

Apply for this scheme using the application form 

Fraud and error

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. The Council will carry out pre and post payment checks on all grant payments. Where the Council find that a business was not eligible for the scheme, the business will be liable to re-pay any grants paid.

 

This scheme is for businesses who operate within the hospitality, accommodation and leisure sectors and are registered to pay business rates (including if the Non-Domestic Rates bill shows 100% relief), that are operational and have been severly impacted from 2 December to 30 December 2020 by the Local COVID Alert Level Tier 2 (High) restrictions. 

Who can claim this grant and amounts payable

Eligible businesses will be hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses, with a business rates liability and that have not been legally required to close but which were severely impacted by Tier 2 restrictions for the period 2 December to 30 December 2020 (29 days).

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of up to £467 per 14-day period (payment for 29 days is £967).
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of up to £700 per 14-day period (payment for 29 days is £1,450).
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of up to £1,050 per 14-day period (payment for 29 days is £2,175).

How do I apply?

Apply for this scheme using the application form. Please have your business rates account reference number to hand.

Fraud and error

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. The Council will carry out pre and post payment checks on all grant payments. Where the Council find that a business was not eligible for the scheme, the business will be liable to re-pay any grants paid.

 

This scheme is for businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and then required to close from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 will be eligible for this funding.

Who can claim this grant and amounts payable

For the purpose of this scheme the period under which Ryedale was under Local COVID Alert Level (Very High) - Tier 3 was 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (5 days). The Council will accept applications from:

  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day (5 days = £238) qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day (5 days = £357) qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the local restrictions, will receive £1,500 per 14-day (5 days = £536) qualifying restriction period.

How do I apply?

The Council will consider each business case upon receipt of a completed application form. The information provided by a business on an application form will be used by the Council to determine the level of grant payment. The information provided by a business within the application form will be declared to be correct and accurate by the applicant.

Apply for this scheme using the application form 

Fraud and error

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. The Council will carry out pre and post payment checks on all grant payments. Where the Council find that a business was not eligible for the scheme, the business will be liable to re-pay any grants paid.

 

IMPORTANT: This scheme closed to applicants on 28 February 2021

This scheme is for wet-led pubs who do not serve substantive meals who have been forced to remain closed whilst Ryedale is under Local COVID Alert Level Tier 2 (High) restrictions throughout December 2020.

Christmas support wet-led guidance

Who can claim this grant?

Your pub may be eligible if you:

  • are based in Ryedale
  • derive less than 50% of your sales from food
  • are in an area subject to Tier 2 or Tier 3 local restrictions since 2 December 2020
  • were established in the pub before 1 December 2020

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if your business:

  • has exceeded the permitted state aid threshold
  • is in administration, insolvent or has been struck off the Companies House register

For more information about the eligibility criteria for this grant, please read Ryedale DC Christmas Support Payment Scheme for wet-led pubs policy (PDF, 9 pages, 227kb)

How do I apply?

This scheme closed on 28 February 2021.

Fraud and error

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error. The Council will carry out pre and post payment checks on all grant payments. Where the Council find that a business was not eligible for the scheme, the business will be liable to re-pay any grants paid.

 

Coronavirus business support finder tool

In addition to the above grant schemes there is a wide range of further support available. This can be complex, so you may find it helpful to use the Government’s coronavirus business support finder tool (link to www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder). You will be asked to fill out a quick and simple online questionnaire and will then be directed to a list of all the financial support for which you may be eligible.

 

If you need help with business support click below

If you have any questions please contact the Business team and we will endeavour 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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Malton, North Yorkshire
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