Rishi Sunak’s payment plan will pay firms such as pubs and restaurants in England a one-off £6,000 fund which will be administered by local authorities and to be available in the coming weeks
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The Chancellor today confirmed a £1billion support package to businesses hit by Covid restrictions – in a move that will include one-off £6,000 grants for struggling hospitality firms over the winter period.
It comes amid concerns over the “eye-wateringly high” transmission of the Omicron variant.
Rishi Sunak’s payment plan will pay firms such as pubs and restaurants in England a one-off £6,000 fund which will be administered by local authorities and to be available in the coming weeks.
A Treasury spokesman told The Mirror the Department for Business has urged local councils to distribute the funding within 10 days.
The Government also intends to use taxpayers’ cash to cover the cost of statutory sick pay for Covid-related absences for firms with fewer than 250 employees.
Cultural organisations in England can also access a further £30million funding during the winter via the culture recovery fund, the Treasury said.
Businesses have seen takings plummet due to Christmas festivities being scaled back amid fear over the spread of Omicron.
One firm told us it was “left on its knees” following last year’s lockdown as its boss warned further restrictions this year could leave it unable to open come January.
Mr Sunak said: “We recognise that the spread of the Omicron variant means businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors are facing huge uncertainty, at a crucial time.
“So we’re stepping in with £1billion of support, including a new grant scheme, the reintroduction of the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme and further funding released through the culture recovery fund.”
UK Hospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “This is a generous package building on existing hospitality support measures to provide an immediate emergency cash injection for those businesses who, through no fault of their own, have seen their most valuable trading period annihilated.
“It will help to secure jobs and business viability in the short term, particularly among small businesses in the sector”
Who qualifies for the support and how will I be able to claim it?
Local authorities will receive around £150million of funding which will be distributed to businesses in need over the next fortnight.
This includes around £80million for the Scottish Government, £50million for the Welsh Government and £25million for the Northern Ireland Executive.
A HM Treasury spokeswoman told The Mirror it will be open to leisure and hospitality businesses which are affected by restrictions. More guidance on this will be published on Wednesday.
These are the businesses that qualify:
- Drive-in restaurants
- Food courts
- Pub restaurants
- Roadside restaurants
- Wine bars
- Cafes/restaurants within a specialist property
- Caravan sites and pitches
- Chalet parks
- Coaching inns
- Country house hotels
- Guest and boarding houses
- Hotels (3 star and under)
- Hotels (4 star and above) & Chain Op. 3 star
- Holiday homes
- Bingo halls
- Bowling alleys
- Casinos and gambling clubs
- Ice rinks
- Art galleries
- Roller skating rinks
- Stately homes and historic houses
- Zoos and safari parks
- Amusement parks
- Concert halls
- Go Kart rinks
- Model villages
- Tourist attractions
- Miniature railways
- Theme parks
- Village halls – Scout Huts Cadet Huts etc
- Amusement arcades
- Royal Palaces
- Pleasure piers
- Conference and exhibition centres
- Conference centres in country houses
- Heritage railways
- Public halls
- Leisure miscellaneous
How much can I get?
Grants will be paid per premise and the amount paid will depend on your firm’s rateable value:
- Rateable value of £0 – £15,000 – £2,700 grant
Rateable value of £15,000 – £51,000 – £4,000 grant
Rateable value of £51,000+ – £4,000 grant
When can you claim it and when?
Businesses should be able to claim the support as soon as possible, hopefully within the next 10 days. You will need to apply in the same way you currently apply for business grants from your local authority.
You can use this Gov.uk checker to find your local council.