Devon is due to enter Tier 2 (High) restrictions on Wednesday 2 December. You can find more information here on what this means for residents.
The government has put in place an economic package of support which will provide businesses and individuals with certainty over the winter months. As outlined in the Spending Review, the Government’s focus is on protecting lives and livelihoods, delivering stronger public services, and delivering a once-in-a-generation investment in infrastructure.
Support for jobs:
- Furlough scheme extended until the end of March 2021. The government will cove the cost of 80% of wages for hours not worked.
- Self-Employed Income Support Scheme extended until April 2021. A grant covering 80% of average trading profits between November and January 2021 is now available, and a further grant to cover February to April will be introduced in due course.
Support for businesses:
- Grants of up to £3,000 per month for businesses in England due to close due to national or local restrictions, available via local authorities.
- Grants of up to £2,100 per month for businesses in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors which are not forced to close but are severely impacted by restrictions. Available via local authorities for businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 areas.
- Discretionary funding from local authorities to help businesses which are impacted but not closed by restrictions.
Support for local authorities:
- Funding to help with the public health response, to fund activities such as contact tracing, test and trace, and public health communications.
- Funding to help local authorities assist households who are unable to pay council tax, compensate for irrecoverable loss of council tax and business rates, and other additional expenditure arising from coronavirus.
Find more information about Coronavirus and the support available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus