This week the government published a series of guides to help clarify what support is available for the businesses impacted by the second national lockdown. Extensions were made to several schemes announced in the initial national lockdown earlier in the year to help businesses operate during lockdowns.
On the 11th of November, the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick announced that restaurants, pubs and cafes will get automatic freedoms to provide takeaway services for another year. Originally this was due to end on 23 March 2021. Businesses will still be required to tell their local planning authority when the new use begins and ends.
The government doubled the time that temporary structures can be placed on land without planning permission from 14 days to 28 days for holding a market. This temporary extension will be allowed until 31 December 2021. The goal of this will be to make it easier to host markets and stalls without the need for planning permissions and help businesses operate during the national lockdown. As under national lockdown rules, market stalls are allowed to sell takeaways from stalls.
On the 12 November 2020, the government published guidance for specific business support available to businesses depending on their situation. Specific guidance was announced for:
Your business may be eligible if it:
Eligible businesses can get one grant for each non-domestic property.
The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of restrictions.
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £1,334 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
If your business has a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £2,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
If your business has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £3,000 for each 28-day qualifying restrictions period.
Visit your local council’s website to find out how to apply:
With the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme extended until 31 March 2021, the government have published a full guide on how to claim the through the CJRS depending on the period.
Key Dates for the scheme:
You need to submit claims for periods up to and including 31 October 2020 on or before 30 November 2020.
For claim periods before 1 November, you can only claim for employees you have previously successfully
furloughed through the scheme on or before 30 June.
Full guidance can be found here: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: step by step guide for employers