Government has put in place support packages for businesses to help them reopen following the coronavirus pandemic. For information of all the help available, please click here. Following the Spring Budget 2021, further grants and support have been revealed.
Government has launched a Restart Grant of up to £6,000 per premises for non-essential retail businesses and up to £18,000 per premises for hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses.
Applications for this grant are being administered by your Local Authority. Please contact your Local Authority or check their website for more information. To find out which council area your business is in, please visit https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
The Department for Work and Pensions has launched a £2billion Kickstart Scheme which will put young people at the heart of the economic recovery by supporting the creation of six month paid work placements for young people aged 16-24 years of age. This is for any business across all sectors including the private, public and voluntary and community sectors.
For full details of the Kickstart Scheme please click here
Businesses that wish to employ 30 or more young people through the scheme can apply directly to the Government, for more information click here.
To support the many small and medium sized companies in the Tees Valley to access this support and create jobs, Mayor Houchen has pledged to act as a representative for any businesses who wish to offer less than 30 Job Placements.
In addition to acting as a representative for Tees Valley businesses the Tees Valley Combined Authority will also provide extended wrap around support for the young person to access skills training and support to ensure a positive progression once the Kickstart Job placement ends.
For further information, guidance and frequently asked questions, click here.
If you are an employer that wishes to engage with the Combined Authority to act as the representative, please click here.
This scheme has been extended to the end of September as a result of the further national lockdown measures. For more information and to see if you or your employer is eligible to claim, click here.
The Job Support Scheme, due to come into force on November 1 2020, has been paused until the Job Retention Scheme ends.
This is a one-off £1,000 taxable payment to you as an employer for each eligible employee you furloughed and subsequently kept continuously employed. As a result of the Furlough scheme being extended, this will be redeployed at a more appropriate time.
You may be able to use the Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to claim back employees’ coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).
This will repay employers up to two weeks of the Statutory Sick Pay paid to current or former employees if they have been sick from work with coronavirus.
To see if you are eligible and to apply, click here.
Both of these schemes are now closed to applications.
Businesses who deferred VAT due from 20 March to 30 June 2020 now have the option to pay in smaller payments over a longer period.
Instead of paying the full amount by the end of March 2021, you can make smaller payments up to the end of March 2022, interest free.
You will need to opt-in to the scheme, and for those who do, this means that your VAT liabilities due between 20 March and 30 June 2020 do not need to be paid in full until the end of March 2022.
Those that can pay their deferred VAT can still do so by 31 March 2021.
If you are still unable to pay the VAT due and need more time, see the guidance about what to do if you cannot pay your tax bill on time you can also contact us by phoning: 0300 200 3835.
The Self-Employed Income Support Scheme has been extended, providing support to the self-employed in the form of two grants, the fourth covering February 2021 to April 2021 and a fifth from May 2021 to September. Online claims for February to April will be available from late April 2021.
The grant extension is for self-employed individuals who were previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme and are actively continuing to trade but are facing reduced demand due to coronavirus or temporarily unable to trade. It also is open to anyone who submitted their self-assessment tax return by March 2, 2021. If you are eligible to claim, HMRC will contact you in mid-April to give you your personal claim date.
For more information on the fourth grant, click here.
Mind, the mental health charity. / 0300 123 3393
Samaritans / 116 123
Money Advice Service / 0800 138 7777
National Domestic Abuse Helpline / 0808 2000 247
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