Over 1500 York businesses will receive further grants over the next fortnight as City of York Council distributes the rest of its COVID grant allocation.
The council has agreed to distribute the rest of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding as quickly as possible.
ARG is a discretionary scheme, allowing the council to direct funding to help businesses which are severely impacted by the pandemic but don’t qualify for the government’s grants.
Businesses don’t need to do anything to get the grants. There are no newly qualifying business, so the council will automatically pay those that are already receiving ARG payments.
The amount that eligible businesses will receive is dependent on size of business, whether a business has premises and where a business - or those sectors they depend on - can reopen in line with the roadmap. Qualifying businesses can check the amount they should receive by visiting COVID-19 business grants.
Councillor Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Finance and Performance said:
We’re working hard to get the remaining funding to businesses to support their reopening plans.
“We’ve now given York businesses over £180m in grants and rates relief during the pandemic, and have been one of the fastest paying councils in the country. I want to thank all of the council officers involved for their efforts in helping make speedy payments possible.
“Businesses are also thanked for their ongoing patience whilst we distribute this funding appropriately.”
Councillor Andrew Waller, Executive Member for Economy and Strategic Planning said:
The Additional Restrictions Grant has supported hundreds of York small businesses and micro-businesses who have seen their income fall drastically. The remaining grant funding will be utilised effectively to help businesses in York recover.
“We are working swiftly to ensure that local businesses receive this additional support. Payments will be made to business bank accounts from this week.
“As always, I would urge businesses who have fallen through the cracks, to please contact us as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org and thanks to all the businesses who have already got in touch with the team who are looking at ways to provide help.”
Notes to editors
Payment amounts are as follows:
For businesses which reopened at Step 2 (non-essential retail, personal care, etc):
- 11 days payment (1 April to 11 April) plus £200
- With no fixed premises costs: £396 (including the additional £200)
- With rateable value less than £15k: £724 (including the additional £200)
- With rateable value £15k-£51k: £986 (including the additional £200)
- With rateable value above £51k: £1379 (including the additional £200)
For businesses reopening at Step 3 (leisure, hospitality, taxis, etc):
- 46 days payment (1 Apr to 16 May)
- With no fixed premises costs: £821
- With rateable value less than £15k: £2192
- With rateable value £15k-£51k: £3286
- With rateable value above £51k: £4929
For businesses reopening at Step 4 (international travel, etc):
- 81 days payment (1 Apr to 21 June)
- With no fixed premises costs: £1446
- With rateable value less than £15k: £3859
- With rateable value £15k-£51k: £5786
- With rateable value above £51k: £8679