Support for businesses due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

The package of measures to support public services, people and businesses through the period of disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) includes the following:

Current schemes

NEW – Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed due to national restrictions (5 November to 2 December 2020)

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020 new restrictions are in place across England, including the closure of certain businesses and venues. These include:

  • all non-essential retail, including but not limited to, clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm and not including alcohol), click and collect, drive-through or delivery.

  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, such as bowling alleys, leisure centre and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks.

  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens.

  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spars, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons.

A full list will be provided by the government in the coming days; you can find out more on GOV.UK.

Financial support is available to businesses affected by the closures.

How to qualify for financial support

To qualify for a grant your business must have been:

  • open as usual before any restrictions were in place
  • registered for business rates at the premises on 31 October 2020
  • required to close down due to the restrictions imposed by the government

If you don't have a business rates account, but you can demonstrate that you have fixed property-related costs, please apply for a Discretionary Local Restrictions Support Grant.

How much support you'll receive

The payment amount will depend on the rateable value of the property as in the table below. The payment will cover the full four weeks from 5 November to 2 December 2020. Payments will be made as follows:

Rateable value of premises Grant payment per 4 weeks
£15,000 or under £1334
£15,001 to £50,999 £2000
£51,000 or over £3000

How to apply

You can apply for the grant by filling in our online form below.

State aid

These grant payments count towards state aid. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you're not in breach of state aid rules. Read more about state aid.

Data protection

Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the council unless you've consented to their release or in certain circumstances where:

  • we're legally obliged to do so;
  • disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions;
  • disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry;
  • we are under a duty to protect public funds.

We may use the information you've provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes.

Please note: checks will be undertaken to protect the council against fraudulent activity. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

NEW - Discretionary Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed due to national restrictions (5 November to 2 December 2020) that don't have a business rates account

Sheffield City Region has secured funding to support local businesses across South Yorkshire that have been forced to close but are unable to access any of the national grant schemes because they don't have a separate business rates account.

To access this support the business must be able to demonstrate that they have fixed property-related costs and must have been forced to close during the national restrictions.

We'll support businesses that fall into one of, but not restricted to, the following categories:

  • small businesses in shared spaces that don't have a separate business rates account
  • regular market traders (indoor or outdoor) with fixed property costs
  • self-employed who rent a space in a property that is registered for business rates (for example: a hairdresser renting a chair)

You must also not have been able to access any other government business support during this period. Please note, this excludes the government's furlough support scheme or self-employed income scheme.

How much support you'll receive

The payment amount will depend on the rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage of the occupied property. Payments will be made as follows:

Property with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage of: Grant payment
Below £1500 Does not qualify
Between £1501 and £2999 £500
Between £3000 and £15,000 £1334
Between £15,001 and £50,999 £2000
£51,000 or above £3000

This is a one-off discretionary payment.

How to apply

You can apply for a Discretionary Local Restrictions Support Grant by filling in our application form below. To support your application you need to provide evidence of the fixed property costs; this might be a rent book or a tenancy agreement. If you're unable to provide evidence of these payments you won't be able to complete your application.

Please note:

  • Once our funding allocation has been spent, no further awards can be made and any outstanding applications will be rejected.
  • As this is a discretionary scheme there is no formal appeal process. The council will reconsider a decision where it's clear that an error has been made, but only when funding is still available.
  • This scheme is separate from any national funding and any guidance from central government has no bearing in the decision making process.

State aid

These grant payments count towards state aid. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you're not in breach of state aid rules. Read more about state aid.

Data protection

Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the council unless you've consented to their release or in certain circumstances where:

  • we're legally obliged to do so;
  • disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions;
  • disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry;
  • we are under a duty to protect public funds.

We may use the information you've provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes.

Please note: checks will be undertaken to protect the council against fraudulent activity. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

NEW - Discretionary local business hardship support for businesses remaining open during national restrictions (5 November to 2 December 2020)

We know businesses are continuing to struggle as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. Any business forced to close due to national restrictions can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

However, we're aware that many businesses which remain open are suffering from a loss of trade. With this in mind, and with support from Sheffield City Region, we're able to offer support for these through the discretionary local business hardship scheme.

How to qualify

To be eligible for the discretionary local business hardship scheme the business must:

  • be a local, regional or independent business classed as essential retail (see below)
  • have remained open during the national restrictions
  • have fixed property costs
  • be able to demonstrate financial hardship
  • not be able to access any available financial support for businesses

All self-employed businesses in these areas may also be considered, but should have fixed property costs.

Businesses eligible to apply

  • Essential retail; including food shops, convenience stores, garden centres and hardware/DIY stores
  • Garages (including those with a convenience store attached), bicycle shops and vehicle hire
  • Pet shops (but not veterinary services)
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners

In exceptional circumstances, but solely at the discretion of the council, we may consider an application from a business not included in the list above that has other fixed business costs (excluding property-related costs). We'll consider these where severe financial hardship can be evidenced and where no other business support can be accessed.

Businesses in manufacturing, construction and office-based businesses are excluded. All other businesses (eg non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure etc) are also excluded as these can apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

How to apply

You can apply for discretionary local business hardship support by filling in our application form below.

Please note: applications will be considered on case-by-case basis with no right of appeal.

State aid

This support counts towards state aid. By accepting this support you must confirm that you're not in breach of state aid rules. Read more about state aid.

NEW - Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed due to tier 3 restrictions (24 October to 4 November 2020)

From Saturday 24 October to Wednesday 4 November 2020 tier 3 (local COVID alert level: very high) restrictions applied to Barnsley and the following businesses were required to close:

  • pubs and bars (unless serving substantial meals)
  • betting shops
  • adult gaming centres
  • casinos
  • soft play centres

How to qualify

To qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed due to tier 3 restrictions your business must have been:

  • open as usual before the restrictions
  • registered for business rates at the premises on 23 October 2020
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • required to close due to the lockdown restrictions imposed by the government

The amounts you will receive depend on the rateable value of the property and the length of time that the business remains closed. Payments will be made as follows:

Rateable value of premises Grant payment per 2 weeks Grant payment per 4 weeks
£15,000 or under £667 £1334
£15,001 to £50,999 £1000 £2000
£51,000 or over £1500 £3000

An initial payment will be made covering four weeks upon receipt of a successful application. Payments will continue to be made every two weeks whilst the restrictions are in place.

If your business meets the criteria you can apply for the grant using our online form.

State aid

These grant payments count towards state aid. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you're not in breach of state aid rules. Read more about state aid.

Data protection

Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the council unless you've consented to their release or in certain circumstances where:

  • we're legally obliged to do so;
  • disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions;
  • disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry;
  • we are under a duty to protect public funds.

We may use the information you've provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes.

Please note: checks will be undertaken to protect the council against fraudulent activity. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

NEW - Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses directly affected by tier 2 restrictions (14 October to 23 October 2020)

From Wednesday 14 October until Friday 23 October 2020, tier 2 (local COVID alert level: high) applied to Barnsley. The restrictions introduced stopped people meeting indoors with anyone they didn't live with unless part of their support bubble. Tier 2 restrictions were in place for 10 days, until Saturday 24 October when the local COVID-19 alert level was raised to very high (tier 3). In addition, during tier 3 restrictions, certain types of business were forced to close.

To support businesses in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors that didn't have to close but could no longer provide services to mixed households, further financial support is available.

How to qualify

To qualify for a grant your business must have been:

  • open as usual before the tier 2 restrictions
  • registered for business rates at the premises on Tuesday 13 October 2020
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises
  • affected by the tier 2 local restrictions imposed

The amount you will receive will depend on the rateable value of the property and the length of time the restrictions apply. As Barnsley was in tier 2 and tier 3 for 22 days in total, the amounts due will cover that period.

Payments for business that remained open during tier 3 restrictions

Rateable value of premises Monthly tier 2 payment (28 days) Tier 2 payment - 14 to 23 October 2020 (10 days) Tier 3 payment (for business that remained open) - 23 October to 4 November 2020 (12 days) Total payment
£15,000 or under £934 £334 £400 £734
£15,001 to £50,999 £1400 £500 £600 £1100
£51,000 or over £2100 £750 £900 £1650

Payments for business that were required to close during tier 3 restrictions

Rateable value of premises Monthly tier 2 payment (28 days) Tier 2 payment - 14 to 23 October 2020 (10 days) Monthly tier 3 payment (28 days) Tier 3 payment (for business that were required to close) - 23 October to 4 November 2020 (12 days) Total payment
£15,000 or under £934 £334 £1334 £572 £906
£15,001 to £50,999 £1400 £500 £2000 £857 £1357
£51,000 or over £2100 £750 £3000 £1286 £2036

These payments are in addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grants for businesses closed from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for an open business during tier 2 and tier 3 restrictions

We'll make every effort to identify those businesses that qualify and make an automatic payment where possible.

You don't need to apply if:

  • you received a payment of £10,000 or £25,000 from the original grant schemes. Where it's possible we'll automatically attempt to make a payment to you without the need for a further application form. However, you must still be registered for business rates, you must not have changed your bank details and we must be able to identify that the business was affected by the restrictions.

  • you’ve already applied for or received a payment for the national lockdown. We’ll automatically issue a payment to you to cover these periods if we're able to identify that the business was affected by the restrictions.

You do need to apply if:

  • it's not clear from your business rates account what the business is. For example, if your property is registered as a ‘shop and premises’ but the business is a cafe, it won't be clear that the business has been affected; as ‘shops’ didn’t have any further restrictions imposed.

  • the business premises has a rateable value above £51,000. As you didn't qualify for a grant under the original scheme, we don't hold your payment details.

  • you're a new business that has opened since 11 March 2020.

  • you're unsure if any of the above apply to you.

State aid

These grant payments count towards state aid. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you're not in breach of state aid rules. Read more about state aid.

Data protection

Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the council unless you've consented to their release or in certain circumstances where:

  • we're legally obliged to do so;
  • disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions;
  • disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry;
  • we are under a duty to protect public funds.

We may use the information you've provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes.

Please note: checks will be undertaken to protect the council against fraudulent activity. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

NEW - Taxi driver support grant

To support taxi drivers within the region who have suffered loss of income due to wider restrictions having an impact on their trade, a flat payment of £500 is available to each licensed taxi driver.

This payment will be made from the £30m figure provided to Sheffield City Region to support the region's businesses.

How to qualify

To apply for the support grant you must be a taxi driver who is:

  • licensed in Barnsley; and
  • working in South Yorkshire

Data protection

Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the council unless you've consented to their release or in certain circumstances where:

  • we're legally obliged to do so;
  • disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions;
  • disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry;
  • we are under a duty to protect public funds.

We may use the information you've provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until Wednesday 31 March 2021 to support both open and closed businesses.

Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during the crisis. All UK businesses are eligible.

You'll need to:

  • designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers’, and notify your employees of this change. Changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law, and depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation.
  • submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through an online portal.

HMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a maximum of £2500 per month.

As part of the revised scheme, anyone made redundant after Wednesday 23 September 2020 can be rehired and put back on furlough.

Find out about claiming your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Other support

  • Business premises forced to close in England can receive support of up to £3000 per month as part of a Local Restrictions Support Grant.

  • If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBLIS) delivered by the British Business Bank, enables businesses to apply for a loan of up to £5 million, with the government covering up to 80% of any losses with no fees. Businesses can access 12 months of that finance interest free, as the government will cover the first 12 months of interest payments.

As well as loans, there are many other types of finance supported by the programme, depending on the provider. You can find out what type of finance they provide on the CBLIS partner page.

Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension

The Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension provides critical support to those self-employed in the form of two grants, each for a three-month period covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February to April 2021.

To be eligible for the grant extension you must:

  • have been previously eligible for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme first and second grant (although you do not have to have claimed the previous grants)
  • declare that you intend to continue to trade and either:
    • are currently actively trading but are impacted by reduced demand due to coronavirus
    • were previously trading but are temporarily unable to do so due to coronavirus

HMRC will pay 80% of your three-month average monthly trading profits up to £7500 in total, paid out in a single instalment.

You can apply for the Self Employment Income Support Scheme grant extension from Monday 30 November 2020.

Paying sick pay to employees

For businesses with fewer than 250 employees (as of 28 February 2020) you can reclaim up to two weeks' Statutory Sick Pay per employee if:

  • the employee was off work because they had coronavirus, were self-isolating or shielding
  • your PAYE payroll scheme started on or before 28 February 2020

You can reclaim up to £95.85 a week for each employee.

Find out how to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay for employees due to coronavirus.

Deferring VAT and Income Tax payments

VAT

For VAT, the deferral applied from 20 March 2020 until 30 June 2020. All UK businesses were eligible and it's an automatic offer with no applications required. Businesses did not need to make a VAT payment during this period.

Taxpayers will be given until the end of the 2020 to 2021 tax year to pay any liabilities that have accumulated during the deferral period. VAT refunds and reclaims will be paid by the government as normal.

Income Tax

For Income Tax Self-Assessment, payments due on the 31 July 2020 will be deferred until the 31 January 2021. If you're self-employed you're eligible and it's an automatic offer with no applications required.

No penalties or interest for late payment will be charged in the deferral period.

HMRC have also scaled up their Time to Pay offer to all firms and individuals who are in temporary financial distress as a result of COVID-19 and have outstanding tax liabilities.

Paying tax: Time to Pay service

A dedicated helpline is available to help businesses and self-employed individuals in financial distress and with outstanding tax liabilities receive support with their tax affairs.

Through this, businesses may be able to agree a bespoke Time to Pay arrangement.

If you're concerned about being able to pay your tax due to COVID-19, call HMRC’s dedicated helpline on 0800 0159 559.

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The government introduced a 12-month business rates holiday for all businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. Businesses that meet the criteria will have automatically received a new 2020/2021 bill with a full reduction from 18 March 2020.

Find out more about businesses that are eligible.

If you haven't receive an amended bill but think your business meets the criteria, please complete our retail discount application form available on our small business rates or rural rates relief page.

Business rates holiday - nursery discount

A business rates holiday will be available on 2020/2021 to properties that are occupied by childcare providers on Ofsted's early years register.

Find out more about the nursery discount.

Businesses that qualify for this discount will receive an amended bill. If you don't receive a new bill but think you meet the criteria, please complete our contact us online form.

For more advice visit the Enterprising Barnsley website and use the online chat facility to speak to a business advisor.

Previous schemes - now closed

Supplier relief claims (closed)

If you're a supplier you can access additional support in order to maintain continuity and retention. Read the government’s Procurement Policy Note 02/20.

If you're a current Barnsley Council or Berneslai Homes supplier you can fill in our supplier relief form and email this to FSsupplierreliefclaims@barnsley.gov.uk

We’re committed to working with your business and we aim to tell you our decision as soon as possible after we receive your form and supporting information. We'll contact you if we need additional information from your request.

Discretionary business grant scheme (closed)

This scheme is now closed as we reached capacity and are no longer able to accept new applications for a discretionary business grant.

If you previously made an application you'll have received a final decision from us by 17 July 2020.

Details of the scheme

On the 13 May the government published its guidance for councils in respect of developing and implementing a discretionary business grants scheme. This new discretionary scheme was to support those businesses that did not receive any support under the original Small Business Grant Funds (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds (RHLGF).

We were allocated £2,168,750 from central government to make these awards. As funds were limited we were not be able to help everyone that made an application.

We were looking to support businesses that fell into the following categories:

  • small businesses in shared offices and other flexible work spaces
  • regular Mmrket traders with fixed building costs
  • bed and breakfast businesses that pay council tax instead of business rates
  • charities that are in receipt of charitable business rates relief that would otherwise be eligible for small business rates or rural rates relief
  • private nurseries
  • outdoor market traders
  • larger charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) that do not meet the criteria under small business rates or rural rates relief
  • businesses that are wholly or mainly linked to the retail, hospitality or leisure sectors, but failed to meet the criteria of the original grant schemes

Unfortunately we were unable to accept applications from businesses that:

  • received an award under the original small Business Grant Funds and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Funds scheme
  • occupy property, or part of a property with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payment above £51,000
  • do not have any ongoing fixed property related costs
  • are not a small or micro businesses as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006
  • are a business that was specifically excluded from the Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21

Once the funding allocation was spent, no further awards could be made. Awards were either £25,000, £10,000 or an amount less than £10,000, and as the awards were to help towards the ongoing fixed property costs this was reflected in the amount of the award. Funding was limited and once our allocation has been spent any applications that were outstanding were rejected.

Discretionary business grant scheme declaration

Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the council unless you have consented to their release, or in certain circumstances where: we are legally obliged to, disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions, disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry, we are under a duty to protect public funds.

We may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes

Checks will be undertaken to protect the council against fraudulent activity. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to clawback.

Business grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses (closed)

This scheme closed to new applications on Friday 28 August 2020.

You can find more information relating to government support for businesses on GOV.UK.

Details of the scheme

A grant of £10,000 or £25,000 was provided to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

  • For businesses with a rateable value less than £15,000, a grant of £10,000 was available.
  • For businesses with a rateable value of £15,001 and below £51,000, a grant of £25,000 was available.

Find out more about businesses that were eligible.

You can read the full details of the government scheme here.

Small business rates relief (closed)

This scheme closed to new applications on Friday 28 August 2020.

You can find more information relating to government support for businesses on GOV.UK.

Details of the scheme

To support small business that have little or no business rates to pay and are in receipt of small business rates relief (SBRR) and rural rates relief, a grant of £10,000 was available.

You can read the full details of the government scheme here.

More information

Insurance

Businesses that have cover for both pandemics and government-ordered closure should be covered, as the government and insurance industry confirmed on 17 March 2020 that advice to avoid pubs, theatres etc is sufficient to make a claim as long as all other terms and conditions are met.

Insurance policies differ significantly, so businesses are encouraged to check the terms and conditions of their specific policy and contact their providers. Most businesses are unlikely to be covered, as standard business interruption insurance policies are dependent on damage to property and will exclude pandemics.

Paying your business rates

If you're struggling to pay your business rates due to the impact the coronavirus is having on your business please contact us on (01226) 787787 and select option 2. An adviser will take your details and arrange for a call back from a business rates manager who can discuss with you any possible support that may be available.

Advice and support

For more advice visit the Enterprising Barnsley website and use the online chat facility to speak to a business advisor or email investment@barnsley.gov.uk