Local businesses urged to make sure they’ve aware of the funding available to help them during the coronavirus emergency.

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Brand new information about Business Rates relief and support grants to help businesses during the Coronavirus emergency is now available our website.

This includes a form for businesses to access financial help. It’s important that all eligible businesses submit their details to ensure the funding reaches them as soon as possible.

Selby District Council is responsible for administering the Business Rate relief and grant funding packages announced by the Government recently.

Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, said, “It’s a worrying time for everyone at the moment and there’s understandably concern about the potential impact of Coronavirus on local businesses.

“The administration of the Business Rate relief and grant payments is a top priority for us, and grant payments will be made as soon as possible. We‘re also working with the Local Enterprise Partnership to support and advise businesses in the district. We’re lobbying Government for rapid implementation of business support and the relaxation of a range of costs and other requirements to help businesses at this time. 

“Coronavirus is a serious matter for all businesses and it’s important they’re getting the help, guidance and support they need.”

The measures to support local businesses include the following.

Business Rates relief for 2020/21

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay Business Rates for the 2020-21 tax year, in respective of the rateable value of the property.

The government has recently reviewed the list of businesses receiving Business Rates relief and this now includes estate agents and betting shops, in addition to all those announced. We will be recalculating and sending new bills automatically.

If you have not had a new bill with a zero charge and you believe you should receive this relief, please email localtaxation@selby.gov.uk and we will check this for you.

Business support grants

Businesses will be eligible for support grants if they meet the following criteria.  As of 11 March 2020 you:

Small Business Grant Fund:

  • received Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) - you will receive a grant payment of £10,000;
  • received Rural Rate Relief (RRR) – you will receive a grant payment of £10,000;

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund:

  • are eligible to receive the Expanded Retail Discounts from the 1 April 2020, and have a rateable value of less than £51,000 - you will receive the following levels of grant payment:
    • businesses with a rateable value up to £15,000 will receive a grant payment of £10,000; or
    • businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a grant payment of £25,000.

If you do not currently receive the Expanded Retail Discount click here to find out more and how to apply.

Exclusions apply

  • Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible.
  • Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included.
  • Hereditaments (properties) occupied for personal uses are not included.
  • Car Parks and parking spaces are not included.
  • Business which, as of the 11 March 2020, were in liquidation or were dissolved will not be eligible.
  • Only one grant may be awarded per hereditament (property).

Planning rules and regulations

The Communities Secretary has confirmed that planning rules will be relaxed so pubs and restaurants can operate as hot food takeaways during the coronavirus outbreak.  Previously, planning permission is required for businesses to carry out a change of use to a hot food takeaway. The government has confirmed regulations will be relaxed to enable businesses to deliver this service without a planning application.

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Current government advice is for everybody must stay home, except for specific reasons, including:

  • To get food, health reasons or essential work (if working from home cannot be done)
  • Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
  • Only travel when essential and avoid busy commutes such as public transport
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

More information can be found here.