Retail, hospitality and leisure grant

Mar 24, 2020 | COVID-19

Fuller detail of the retail, hospitality and leisure grant (RHLG) fund has been published by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The guidance document, intended to help local authorities administer the scheme, ​is available on the Government website​.

Payments will be made to the person listed in local authority’s records as the ratepayer for the business premises on 11 March 2020.

There is a strong warning against fraudulent claims with a promise of prosecution and clawback for any such payments.

Certain premises are excluded on the grounds of private use, such as private stables and beach huts. Car parks and parking spaces are also ineligible.

Businesses in liquidation or dissolved as of 11 March aren’t eligible either. The Coronavirus Bill currently before Parliament now ​includes an amendment​ calling for support for the self-employed and freelancers in line with that being provided for employees under PAYE via the coronavirus job protection scheme. It was ​passed by the House of Commons​ and will now go to the House of Lords for scrutiny. The Chancellor is expected to announce provision for the self-employed tomorrow, 25 March.

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