RMBC Business Support Grant Link (Coronavirus)

Posted 19/03/2020
Written by Robert Parkin
Category COVID-19 HELP

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From RMBC:

.At present we are trying to collate information in order to allow us to process grant payments as quickly as possible, once governments guidance is made available. Therefore, all questions included within the form are there to make the process as smooth as possible and to cover off anything that the guidance may require. Please therefore, complete the form fully.

Website Link to complete the form: 
https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/xfp/form/626

Further RMBC Guidance: https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/coronavirus

from rmbc: ADDITIONAL BUSINESS RATES SUPPORT TO LOCAL BUSINESSES:

 
On 17th March, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced a further package of support to businesses including a range of measures relating to business rates which will be administered by councils:
  1. All retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will be given 100% business rates relief for the period 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021.   
  2. Small businesses who are currently eligible for Small Business Rates Relief will receive a cash grant of £10,000.
  3. Retail, hospitality and leisure businesses which operate from smaller premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000 will receive a cash grant of up to £25,000.  
  4. The previous announcement in the Chancellor’s Budget that pub relief is increased from £1,000 to a maximum of £5,000 for 2020/21 is not changed in the latest announcement. 
  5. All non-local authority providers of childcare will be given 100% business rates relief for the period 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. 

ADVICE FOR BUSINESS

 
The Council is currently awaiting Government guidance on these measures in order to implement the proposals. This could include assessments of potential State Aid implications. We are committed to introducing the measures as soon as possible once this guidance is received.
 
Businesses will already have received their business rates bills for 2020/21. Pending the issue of further guidance, all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses and all businesses who currently receive Small Business Rates Relief are advised not to make any payment of their 2020/21 bills. The Council won’t send out reminders or summonses during this period pending all the bills being re-issued.
 
Once we have the Government guidance on the new reliefs, we will recalculate and reissue the relevant business rates bills. We will do this automatically, businesses don’t need to do anything.
 
In order to assist us in making the new grants to businesses as soon as possible once we have the Government guidance on the grants, all businesses who are likely to be eligible for the grants will be asked to complete their details requested on an e-form.

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