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Coronavirus: Information for Community and Village Halls

7th Apr, 2020

 

Updated 28 May 2020

The Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Scheme is part of the Government's measures to help small businesses 'ride out' the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic and the impact of various levels of legislation brought in to deal with it.

Although the term 'business' is used, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has issued guidance to local authorities distributing the grants, clearly stating the charites that appear on the rating list are eligible for grants of £10,000.

The rating list is being only used to identify eligible applicants and has no other influence on whether a grant is given. Most, if not all, charitable village halls and community centres appear on the list and receive either 80% or 100% rate relief. Please note, this makes no difference and you will be eligible for this grant entitlement.

Applications must be made directly to Shropshire or Telford & Wrekin Councils via the following web pages:

https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/coronavirus/information-for-businesses-and-the-self-employed/covid-19-business-grant-schemes/

https://www.telford.gov.uk/info/20433/ways_to_reduce_your_business_rates/3657/retail_discount

This is important for your charity and Trustees must apply if they are to meet their legal duty to act in the best interest of the charity.

If you are a village hall member of Shropshire RCC and have any further questions, please contact our Village Halls Advisor Graham Betts - graham.betts@shropshire-rcc.org.uk

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Tuesday 24 March 

The Prime Minister announced on Monday 23 March that most shops and other premises must now close until further notice.

This includes ‘community centres, youth centres and similar’, with the exception that ‘facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.’ Please see page 4 of the guidance here.

The Government is still working out details of how it will support people whose employer has had to close or greatly reduce its activities. The basics, though, are that HMRC will directly pay 80% of the wages of ‘furloughed workers’ up to a maximum of £2,500 per month – see this web page. It also has information about other support for businesses and organisations.

Action With Rural Communities in England (ACRE) has published guidance outlining what government support is available for village halls and similar rural community buildings. This can be viewed here.  

If you are a village hall member of Shropshire RCC and have any further questions, please contact our Village Halls Advisor Graham Betts - graham.betts@shropshire-rcc.org.uk


 

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