I hope you are
all keeping safe and well. As the new ‘rule of 6’ comes into force and local
lockdowns are popping up all around the country, it seems like an ideal time to
update you on additional support that has become available.

 As the weather
cools, I feel that we will all face new business challenges so thinking ahead
and planning for the winter months is always a good idea. My mum used to say to
me
“failing to plan is planning to fail”. Perhaps she was right!

 For now, I have
included some information about grants and initiatives that have become
available. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or
want to talk anything over.
 

 

 England
Local Lockdown Grant

As local
lockdowns are becoming more prevalent, which will cause more businesses to
close yet again, the Government in England have announced a Local Lockdown
Grant Scheme. This has been trialled in places like Blackburn with Darwen,
Pendle and Oldham who have all had their local lockdown problems recently.

 

What is the Objective?

·        
To
support businesses, based in a high Covid-19 incidence area, forced to close as
a result of a Government decision.

 

What is the level of support?

·        
Large
businesses will receive £1,500 per property for every 3 week period of
lockdown.

·        
Small
businesses will receive £1,000 per property for every 3 week period of
lockdown.

·        
The
grant will be taxable.

 

Any businesses not eligible?

·        
A
business still closed at national level (e.g. night clubs).

·        
A
business which does not fit the large or small business criteria.

·        
A
business who is not eligible for the discretionary Local Authority grant.

 

 Covid-19
affected low paid workers additional support

 

Again having
trialled this in places like Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Oldham, the UK
Government are now offering additional financial support to those workers
(employed or self-employed) who have to self-isolate due to either contracting
Covid-19 or who are caught up in the mess through the NHS Track and Trace
process.

 

What is the objective?

·        
To
provide financial support to people on low income, who have to self-isolate as
a result of catching the virus or being in contact with somebody who has, and
they can’t work from home.

 

What is the level of
support?

·        
Those
tested positive will receive £130 for their 10 day period of isolation.

·        
Members
of the household who have to self-isolate for 14 days will receive £182.

·        
Non-household
contacts advised to self-isolate through NHS Test and Trace will be entitled to
their individual length of isolation period. £13 per day up to a maximum of
£182.

·        
This
payment does not affect the level of any other benefits received.

 

Who is eligible?

·        
Available
for those people who are working and are currently receiving either Universal
Credit or Working Tax Credits.

·        
They
must be either tested positive for Covid-19 or

·        
Be
a member of a household where someone has contracted Covid-19 and they have to
self-isolate or

·        
Be
notified by NHS Test and Trace, as a non-household contact, stating that they
need to isolate for a period of time.

·        
The
individual must agree to comply with the NHS Test and Trace and provide further
Covid-19 contact details where applicable.

 

Evidence to be provided?

·        
Provide
evidence of the test results to the Local Authority that they have tested
positive.

·        
Provide
evidence of the notification from NHS Test and Trace to self-isolate.

·        
A
bank statement.

·        
Note- If no evidence can be provided, the Local Authority can
access the NHS Test and Trace system to confirm that a particular individual
has been asked to self-isolate.

·        
The
individual must demonstrate that they are either employed or self-employed
(s/e). 

·        
Where
s/e, the business must be unable to deliver services without social contact.

·        
They
must be unable to work from home.

 

Who makes the payment?

·        
The
Local Authority will make the payment within 48 hours of receiving the
evidence.

·        
Members
of the household who have to self-isolate for 14 days will receive £182.

·        
Non-household
contacts advised to self-isolate, through NHS Test and Trace, will be entitled
to their individual length of isolation period. £13 per day up to a maximum of
£182.

 

Local authority checks?

·        
The
Local Authority will put in place compliance and fraud checks such as welfare
check-in. phone calls and employment checks.

 

 Take care and
enjoy your week. Don’t forget to get in touch if you wish to discuss any of the
content in this update.

 

Aaron and The
Team



 

 

 

 


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