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Grants for Hospitality and Leisure Businesses
Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant
On 21 December 2021 the Chancellor announced that businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors in England will be eligible for one-off grants. Guidance for the scheme was published on 30 December 2021. The scheme provides support to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses, in recognition that the rise of the Omicron variant means that some businesses are likely to struggle over the coming weeks.
Who is eligible for this grant?
Where a grant is issued, the business that according to the billing authority’s records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 30 December 2021 is eligible to receive the grant.
Businesses that are not liable for business rates will not be eligible to receive funding under this scheme. Businesses that are liable for business rates but receive 100% rate relief, so have nothing to pay, may be eligible if they meet the other criteria.
The primary principle of the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant scheme is to support businesses that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors. Businesses will only be eligible where their main service falls within hospitality, leisure or accommodation.
Please see the Further Information document for more detail about the eligibility criteria and an indicative list of businesses that fall into scope for hospitality, leisure and accommodation.
Please note that the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now clarified that gyms, dance schools and sports clubs are not in scope for Omicron Hospitality & Leisure Grant.
Businesses must have been trading on 30 December 2021 to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
How much is the grant?
The one-off payment for eligible businesses is:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under - £2,667
- For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k - £4,000
- For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over - £6,000
Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.
Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.
To access the online application form for Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant please use the link below. We must have made all decisions on applications and have carried out the pre-payment checks required by the close of Monday 28 February 2022 and therefore applications must be made by Monday 21 February 2022.
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
On 21 December 2021, the Chancellor announced, in response to the rise of the Omicron variant, a £102 million top-up for the Additional Restrictions Grant funding provided to billing authorities in England. This funding is to support businesses from sectors that may have been severely impacted by restrictions, or by the Omicron variant, including those outside of the business rates system.
Further details will be provided about how Bolton Council’s scheme will be adapted once our actual funding allocation is known.
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COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)
The Government has announced plans to provide an additional business rates support package, worth £1.5 billion, to support businesses in England affected by COVID-19 but not eligible for existing support linked to business rates.
On 15 December 2021 guidance on this scheme was provided to billing authorities.
The relief is available to reduce chargeable amounts in respect of 2021/22 and those eligible for inclusion in the scheme are:
- ratepayers with a business rates occupied charge to pay after the deduction of other reliefs, subject to Subsidy limits. and
- who don’t receive or are eligible for Retail Discount or Nursery Discount in 21/22 and
- who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.
The relief cannot be used to reduce empty rate charges.
The Council is now working to devise a scheme that meets the guidance criteria without exceeding the funding it has been provided for it.
Further information will be posted here in due course and we will be writing to businesses that may be eligible for the relief once the scheme has been approved.