COVID-19

The Restart Grant Scheme - New Scheme

This is a new government scheme for business ratepayers. The government has asked Local Authorities for more information about your business than collected for previous grants, this is to ensure eligibility for the Restart Grant payment. Therefore, all businesses, including those previously paid under other grant schemes, will be required to complete an application form for the Restart Grant. No businesses will be paid automatically.

In addition, the government has made it compulsory to carry out pre-payment assurance checks before payment can be made, this will cause a delay in processing payment. 

The Restart Grant scheme for non-essential retail premises will be a one-off payment as below:

  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £2,667
  • Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £4,000
  • Businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over on the 01 April 2021 will receive a payment of £6,000

For the eligibility criteria visit Runnymede Business Rates website here

PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE ON 30 JUNE 2021.

To make an application please visit Runnymede Business Rates website here.

Support funding for arts and heritage

The Arts Council England are making £160 million of emergency funding available for those organisations and individuals who will need it during this crisis, and we have also changed the funding requirements for individuals and organisations currently in receipt of our funding, to help alleviate pressure on them as best we can.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has put together a £50million fund to support the heritage sector as an immediate response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

The UK-wide fund - money raised from The National Lottery - will address immediate pressures over the next three-six months for those organisations most in need. The funding will be open for applications within the next few days.

Preventative health measures for employers and businesses

The latest information from Public Health England on coronavirus or COVID-19 for businesses can be found on the Public Health England website.

This guidance will assist employers and businesses in providing advice to staff on:

  • Are you an essential business? Does your business need to close?
  • How to help prevent the spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • What to do if someone with suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 has been in a workplace setting
  • Advice for the certification of absence from work resulting from COVID-19

The repeated advice from experts at Public Health England is that hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing or coughing into a tissue is the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Social distancing should also be observed, at least two metres apart.

Track and Trace Support Payment Scheme

Updated:11 November 2020

If you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and been advised to self-isolate, you may be entitled to financial support. On 28th September 2020, the Government passed into law a national Test and Trace Support scheme. From 16th October, a one-off payment of £500 or access to a discretionary fund will be available for eligible individuals. For more information on how to apply for funding visit Runnymede Borough Council website.