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Council reinforces business support

Published Thursday, 26 November 2020

Following the announcement that York will be in Tier 2 restrictions from 2 December, City of York Council is reiterating its support for businesses across the city.

The government-prescribed grant allocations, cover:

  • The latest Tier 2 restrictions from 2 December
  • The period of national lockdown (5 November – 2 December);
  • The brief period whilst York was in Tier 2 of local restrictions (17 October – 5 November);
  • The grant for sectors which have received no previous government support

Tier 2 Restriction Scheme

Businesses in the hospitality and leisure sectors, B&Bs and hotels will receive a proportion of the following monthly grants to reflect the 19 days spent in Tier 2:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants of £934 per month
  • For properties with a rateable value above £15k and below £51k, grants of £1,400 per month
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or above, grants of £2,100 per month

Businesses who are not eligible for these grants may be able to apply for the discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant.

Businesses have until Monday 7 December to apply for the ARG grants, which are open to:

  • Businesses who have been effectively forced to close through lockdown but don’t qualify for government grants, whether they are liable for business rates or not.
  • Businesses where trade is impacted by more than 75% due to lockdown, whether they are liable for business rates or not.

Applications must be from:

A York-based business which have fixed premises in York – (note fixed premises is not a market stall or pitch)


businesses run by a York resident and trade is at least 75% in York (note this could be a market stall or pitch)

The council is also preparing a voucher scheme for local businesses to access support like training form local providers.

Tier 2, 2 December

Businesses who already qualified at Tier 2 will continue to get payments on a fortnightly basis (Tier reviews are fortnightly).  Any business that has not applied yet for tier 2 but believe they will qualify can make a claim.

Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for the economy and strategic planning, said:

Today’s announcement that York is placed in tougher Tier 2 restrictions, will clearly come as a further blow to local businesses, however, I would like to reiterate that we are here to support York’s businesses and protect jobs and livelihoods.

“Throughout the summer month’s council staff quickly and efficiently distributed over £110m of support, direct to businesses. This resulted in York being one of the fastest paying local authorities. They are once again ready to put in a huge effort to ensure business get this much needed support as quickly as possible.

“Whilst government grants are available to deliver some immediate support, we appreciate that for many businesses this will not be enough to stay viable and we are continuing to call on the Government to deliver targeted and comprehensive support.

“As always, I would urge businesses who have fallen through the cracks, to please contact us as soon as possible at

“There is also a lot more local support for businesses beyond these grants. Please get in touch with Make it York, York BID or the Federation of Small Businesses as soon as possible to find out more.”

Businesses can apply for open grants at

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