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Policy is starting to change for the £10000 grant

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The £10000 grant deal was that there was no need to apply as the local authority will know who they have to pay from their records

See below the latest update from my authority which is now saying we have to apply. Has anyone else seen this change ?

Q. How can I apply for the small business grant of £10,000?

A.The Government announced that small businesses who are eligible for Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rate Relief will receive a grant of £10,000. There will be an online link set up for eligible businesses to use to apply for the grant. Businesses will be contacted by letter to their billing address but the link will also be on this website as soon as it is available.

 

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By murphy1
25th Mar 2020 14:59

All Scottish authorities now have links up to apply.

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By jcace
25th Mar 2020 15:00

I'm not sure that's policy that's changing, but down to the local authority, who seem to have got that wrong. The latest guidance isn't specific on the point, but does state that "Local Authorities will be responsible for delivering the funding to eligible businesses."
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance...

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By bernard michael
25th Mar 2020 15:02

Another sent by a client which again is different

Small Business Coronavirus Cash Grant
Small businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR) or Rural Rate Relief will qualify for a grant of £10,000. The Government has said Grant money will be available in early April. Guidance will be issued to councils by 1 April and we will contact businesses shortly afterwards with details of how to claim the grant.

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By yelsnew
25th Mar 2020 15:13

I've had a letter saying we've been idenfied as qualifying and to await a revised 20/21 bill. Must be local authority dependant.

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By bettybobbymeggie
25th Mar 2020 17:45

yelsnew wrote:

await a revised 20/21 bill

Forgive the dumb question, but how does getting a new bill help you in getting your hands on the £10k?

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By yelsnew
25th Mar 2020 19:06

Revised bill with a credit for the grant followed by the payment presumably.

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By yelsnew
25th Mar 2020 19:11

Revised bill with a credit for the grant followed by the payment presumably.

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By bernard michael
26th Mar 2020 09:16

Not dumb it's just the old policy. If you don't like it delay,delay,delay until it goes away or is changed

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By bernard michael
26th Mar 2020 09:09

Which local authority ?? Seem to be far ahead of mine and my client's

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By WhichTyler
25th Mar 2020 21:05

But the local authority won't know which bank account you want it paying into unless you tell them will it?

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By bernard michael
26th Mar 2020 09:21

Unless they send you a cheque. Remember they're not used to sending money out only receiving it

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By NH
26th Mar 2020 06:34

Each local authority will handle this is their own way, our nearest two local authority websites - one says "we are waiting for guidance" the other says nothing at all!

A few clients have said to me "how can I get a letter when we have shut up shop" so I am telling them to keep checking with the Council how they are going to deliver it

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By bernard michael
26th Mar 2020 09:25

Just another thought, which I can see happen

Government pays local authorities a total of £10000 x no of eligible businesses . Local authorities use devious means or stupidity to pay less eg paying it over the Rates year by monthly installments.

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By bernard michael
26th Mar 2020 10:38

Clarification on the revised bill requirement
The Government has announced its intention to increase the Business Rates Retail Discount to 100% and increase the Pubs Discount for the 2020/21 financial year. We are awaiting further information and instructions about these changes from the government. We will issue revised bills for rate payers who are eligible for the discounts as soon as we are in a position to do so. In the meantime, please make payments according to your current bill until you receive a revised bill from us. Any overpayment will be refunded to you.

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By bernard michael
27th Mar 2020 11:33

Good news

I've just completed my local authority form for the £10000 grant
Bad news - although it doesn't effect me
You have to have occupancy before 11th March 2020

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