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Source: City of Wakefield

Wakefield Council is set to provide extra financial support for businesses across the district during the coronavirus outbreak thanks to the introduction of additional grants.

Local Restriction Support Grants are available for eligible businesses affected by both the local Tier 2 restrictions and the national restrictions. The criteria, set by government, will support rate paying businesses that have been affected by the restrictions.

Businesses affected by the Tier 2 restrictions will receive funding from the point Wakefield moved into Tier 2 on 14th October 2020 until 4th November 2020. Eligible businesses in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors that were affected by Tier 2 restrictions will receive up to £2,100 per 28 day period depending on the rateable business value at the time restrictions started. This payment will be paid on a pro-rata basis for the period Wakefield was under Tier 2 restrictions.

Grants are also available for companies that are legally required to close between the 5th November 2020 and 2nd December 2020 due to national restrictions. Eligible businesses will receive up to £3,000 for this period.

From 1st November 2020, businesses who have been forced to close since March 2020 will be eligible to receive grant support. Eligible businesses include nightclubs, dance halls and discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars. They can receive up to £1,500 per 14 day period.

Wakefield businesses can apply online for the grants via Wakefield Council’s online application form. Companies will be able to apply for all eligible grants in a single form and receive grants in a single payment to cover the relevant periods. 

Cllr Darren Byford, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, said: “We are pleased to be able to help our local businesses to apply for this much-needed, extra financial support during this difficult period. Many across the district will certainly welcome the new grants. The Council will continue to provide as much support as possible to our local businesses and citizens during the pandemic – and beyond.

“We appreciate that not all businesses will be eligible for aid at this time, however, we are working hard to develop policy that will allow us to allocate additional funds to businesses more widely in the coming weeks.”

For further help and support, please visit the Council’s dedicated webpage for businesses at www.wakefieldfirst.com/covid-19/ which has a range of FAQs to refer to including help with Local Restrictions Support Grants, cash-flow problems, tax liabilities, account managers they can talk to and advice on managing staff during the pandemic. Alternatively, please contact info@wakefieldfirst.com or call 01924 306 630.

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