Added on: 22nd December, 2021 by O1
Wed, 22 December 2021
Following industry campaigning, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £1bn fund to help businesses hit by the rise in covid cases and the announcement of further restrictions.
Hospitality and leisure businesses will be able to apply for grants of up to £6,000 per premises depending on their rateable value.
Once guidance and funding has been issued to local authorities, Orpington 1st will work with Bromley Council to get the money to businesses as soon as possible.
Orpington 1st welcomes the new grants but along with colleagues across the country we will continue to lobby for further support, making the case for rates relief and an extension of the VAT reduction for hospitality.
The chancellor also announced that the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate scheme will be reintroduced enabling small and medium sized employers (up to 250 employees) to claim the costs of up to two weeks of Covid-related SSP from 21 December 2021 onwards.
Businesses such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels, and cinemas will be eligible for the grants.
• £2,700 for businesses in premises with a Rateable Value of up to £15k
• £4,000 for businesses in premises with a Rateable Value of £15k - £51k
• £6,000 for businesses in premises with a Rateable value of over £51k
The Statutory Sick Pay Rebate scheme (SSPRS)
Employers will be eligible for the SSPRS if:
• They are UK-based.
• They employed fewer than 250 employees as of 30 November 2021.
• They had a PAYE payroll system as off 30 November 2021.
• They have already paid their employees’ COVID-related SSP.
Employers must keep the following records for 3 years after the date they receive the payment for their claim:
• the dates the employee was off sick
• which of those dates were qualifying days
• the reason they said they were off work due to COVID-19
• the employee’s National Insurance number
Check if you can use the scheme HERE
We wait further information on the grants from government.