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ENGLAND: BUSINESS RATES: EXPANDED RETAIL DISCOUNT – GUIDANCE

The Ministry of Housing & Local Government has issued guidance on the extended retail discount 2020 to 2021 coronavirus as announced in the budget 2020.

This 10 page PDF document can be found at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877758/Expanded_Retail_Discount_Guidance_02.04.20.pdf

The guidance is intended to support local authorities in administering the business rates expanded retail discount announced first in a Written Ministerial Statement on 27 January 2020 and expanded in the Budget on 11 March. This guidance applies to England only.

The guidance sets out the criteria which central government considers for this purpose to be eligible for the Expanded Retail Discount. The guidance does not replace existing legislation.

Introduction

The guidance refers to the fact that there will be a 100% discount for Business Rates to include the leisure and hospitality sectors.

The relief will apply to occupied retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21.

There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

The document provides guidance to local authorities about the operation and delivery of the policy.

If you have specific queries from clients about the relief you should refer to the guidance.

Content of the guidance

The document outlines how the relief will be provided, and that central Government will reimburse billing authorities. 

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,

for assembly and leisure; or

as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

The guidance details the establishments and organisations eligible for the relief and you should refer to pages 5 -7 for the list. Page 8 also details businesses not eligible for the relief.

Annex A contains calculation examples for 2020/21.


ENGLAND: BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANT FUNDING – GUIDANCE FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

GRANT FUNDING SCHEMES

Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Guidance.

This can be found:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877286/small-business-grant-fund-and-retail-guidance-v3.pdf

This guidance is intended to support Local Authorities in administering the business grant schemes announced at Budget on 11 March 2020, and the level of funding was increased in a statement from the Chancellor on 17 March. This guidance applies to England only.

The guidance sets out the criteria which central government considers for this purpose to be eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. This does not replace existing guidance.

The guidance should be referred to if you have specific queries about the Grants.

This support will take the form of two grant funding schemes, the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund.

Local Authorities that will be responsible for making payments to businesses and which will receive funding from Government are business rate billing authorities in England.

How much funding will be provided to businesses?

The guidance outlines the Small Business Grant Fund (SBGF) either under the Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) - £10,000.

It also details the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG, businesses in England that would have been in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality and leisure) on 11 March with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the following cash grants per property.

Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to and including £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000, in line with the eligibility criteria as set out in paragraphs 23-30.

Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000, in line with the eligibility criteria as set out in paragraphs 23-30.

Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.

Page 3 outlines exclusions to SBGF and RHLG.

Annex A contains a summary of Scheme Requirements and Annex B post-payment reporting.

Annex C gives sample paragraphs that could be included in letters to grant recipients.

GUIDANCE NOTES ON PAYMENTS TO SUPPLIERS FOR CONTINGENT WORKERS IMPACTED BY COVID-19

The Cabinet has produced guidance notes for “Contingent Workers” impacted by COVID-19

This gives Public sector contractors access to the 80% furlough scheme.

IR35 contractors working for public sector organisations through personal service companies who are unable to carry on working due to the covid-19 pandemic are now be eligible for the 80% furlough scheme if their NHS contracts are ongoing.

The scheme is coordinated by the Crown Commercial service.

These can be seen: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/877221/PPN02_20-Contingent-Workers-Impacted-by-Covid-19-2.pdf

Purpose of the Guidance notes for Payments to Suppliers for Contingent Workers impacted by COVID-19

The purpose of the Guidance notes for Payments to Suppliers for Contingent Workers is to provide measures that contracting authorities can use to implement with Contingent Workers who have been affected by COVID-19. These measures aim to protect:

  • the livelihood of Contingent Workers and avoiding claims of unnecessary Statutory Sick Pay from the Supply Chain;
  • against the risk that some may attend work when they should be self-isolating, thereby potentially infecting wider teams and the broader general public;
  • against the risk of losing critical workers to jobs in other sectors because they are not getting paid;
  • supplier revenue with the intention of keeping them solvent so they remain a part of our ongoing supply chain in the future.

The premise of the guidance relates to the payment of Contingent Workers if they are unable to work as a result of COVID-19.

 

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