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Tier 3 communities in North and Midlands set to miss out on millions from key business support grant in run up to Christmas

Labour has today revealed that Tier 3 areas in the North and Midlands are set to miss out on millions of pounds from a key business support grant, risking communities being left behind in the run up to Christmas.

According to Labour’s analysis, the weekly value of the crucial Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is set to fall by millions between the end of national lockdown and Christmas. Local authorities in the highest restrictions – predominantly in the North of England and Midlands – set to miss out include:

  • Birmingham, where the weekly value of support will fall by £2.4m
  • Leeds, where the weekly value of support will fall by £1.7m
  • County Durham, where the weekly value of support will fall by £1.3m
  • Manchester where the weekly value of support will fall by £678,000

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds will today [Saturday November 28th] warn that Tier 3 communities will be “stretched to breaking point” after the Government refused to renew the one-off fund, which was paid to local areas either when they entered Tier 3 restrictions or the later national lockdown.

Tier 1 areas received the same £20-per-head ARG package – for just 28 days of national lockdown – as areas now facing weeks in Tier 3, where many businesses are forced to close or will see takings severely hit. While some specific grants have been made available for firms legally required to close and certain hospitality businesses, the discretionary ARG funding has been a lifeline for Tier 3 councils to support the many other firms badly affected by coronavirus.

Without additional funding, and with swathes of the Midlands and North set to move into Tier 3 after lockdown, Dodds will say that “a gulf in support” is opening up across the country.

Parts of the North West will be hit particularly hard after entering Tier 3 weeks before the national lockdown. By Christmas, communities in Lancashire may have had to make their funding last for 9 weeks, compared to 4 weeks in an area like the Isle of Wight.

Dodds will describe the regional discrepancy as “fundamentally unfair” when she addresses Labour’s online regional conference, Connected North West, this afternoon. She will repeat Labour’s call for the ARG fund to be extended for Tier 3 areas, and for support to be paid retrospectively to areas which spent weeks in Tier 3 without additional support prior to national lockdown.

Anneliese Dodds, Shadow Chancellor, will say:

“It is completely irresponsible for the government to leave Tier 3 areas in the lurch like this again.

“The run-up to Christmas is a critical period, and local authorities are going to be stretched to breaking point trying to help.

“The government’s approach is fundamentally unfair and risks a gulf in support opening up across the country. The Chancellor must make the responsible choice and come forward with a clear system of business support for the hardest-hit areas.”

ENDS

 

Notes to editors:

  • A one-off payment of £20 per head of population – known as the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) – was originally given only to those parts of the country in Tier 3, acknowledging the fact that businesses in areas subject to tougher restrictions would need additional support.
  • When the whole country went into lockdown, ARG funding was then given to every local authority. The Government described the grant as ‘a one-off lump sum payment amounting to £20 per head in each eligible Local Authority when LCAL 3 [Tier 3] or widespread national restrictions are imposed. Local authorities can use this funding for business support activities.’ https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/935130/additional-restrictions-grant.pdf
  • But now, as England returns to the tiered system of restrictions, there is no renewal of the support available – even though many parts of the country will be in Tier 3.
  • Tier 3 areas will therefore have to stretch their one-off ARG funding further the longer they remain in the highest restrictions, the value diminishing with every week that passes. Between now and Christmas, some areas will see the weekly value of that support fall by millions:

Top 15 areas with largest fall in weekly ARG value, which were not previously in Tier 3:

New Tier 3 areas from 02.12 Population  Estimated ARG funding (£20 per head) ARG value per week during national lockdown (up to 02.12) ARG value per week from start of national lockdown to Christmas (25.12) Change in average weekly value of ARG between end of lockdown and Christmas
Birmingham

1,141,816

£22,836,320.00

£5,709,080.00

£3,262,331.43

-£2,446,748.57

Leeds

793,139

£15,862,780.00

£3,965,695.00

£2,266,111.43

-£1,699,583.57

Bradford

539,776

£10,795,520.00

£2,698,880.00

£1,542,217.14

-£1,156,662.86

County Durham

530,094

£10,601,880.00

£2,650,470.00

£1,514,554.29

-£1,135,915.71

Bristol, City of

463,377

£9,267,540.00

£2,316,885.00

£1,323,934.29

-£992,950.71

Kirklees

439,787

£8,795,740.00

£2,198,935.00

£1,256,534.29

-£942,400.71

Coventry

371,521

£7,430,420.00

£1,857,605.00

£1,061,488.57

-£796,116.43

Leicester

354,224

£7,084,480.00

£1,771,120.00

£1,012,068.57

-£759,051.43

Wakefield

348,312

£6,966,240.00

£1,741,560.00

£995,177.14

-£746,382.86

East Riding of Yorkshire

341,173

£6,823,460.00

£1,705,865.00

£974,780.00

-£731,085.00

Nottingham

332,900

£6,658,000.00

£1,664,500.00

£951,142.86

-£713,357.14

Sandwell

328,450

£6,569,000.00

£1,642,250.00

£938,428.57

-£703,821.43

Northumberland

322,434

£6,448,680.00

£1,612,170.00

£921,240.00

-£690,930.00

Dudley

321,596

£6,431,920.00

£1,607,980.00

£918,845.71

-£689,134.29

Newcastle upon Tyne

302,820

£6,056,400.00

£1,514,100.00

£865,200.00

-£648,900.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 areas with largest fall in weekly ARG value, which were in Tier 3 prior to lockdown and will exit into Tier 3:

Areas in Tier 3 prior to national lockdown and exiting to Tier 3 Days in Tier 3 prior to national lockdown (5.11) Total days in Tier 3 + national lockdown (02.12) Population Estimated ARG funding (£20 per head) ARG value per week during Tier 3 + national lockdown (up to 02.12) ARG value per week from start of Tier 3 restrictions to Christmas (25.12) Change in average weekly value of ARG between end of lockdown and Christmas
Sheffield

12

40

584,853

£11,697,060.00

£2,046,985.50

£1,299,673.33

-£747,312.17

Manchester

13

41

552,858

£11,057,160.00

£1,887,807.80

£1,209,376.88

-£678,430.93

Wigan

13

41

328,662

£6,573,240.00

£1,122,260.49

£718,948.13

-£403,312.36

Doncaster

12

40

311,890

£6,237,800.00

£1,091,615.00

£693,088.89

-£398,526.11

Stockport

13

41

293,423

£5,868,460.00

£1,001,932.20

£641,862.81

-£360,069.38

Bolton

13

41

287,550

£5,751,000.00

£981,878.05

£629,015.63

-£352,862.42

Rotherham

12

40

265,411

£5,308,220.00

£928,938.50

£589,802.22

-£339,136.28

Salford

13

41

258,834

£5,176,680.00

£883,823.41

£566,199.38

-£317,624.04

Barnsley

12

40

246,866

£4,937,320.00

£864,031.00

£548,591.11

-£315,439.89

Trafford

13

41

237,354

£4,747,080.00

£810,477.07

£519,211.88

-£291,265.20

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