Over £800m in coronavirus grants still to be allocated to businesses in England

Over £800m in coronavirus grants still to be allocated to businesses in England
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Mon 14th Feb 2022

Local authorities in England still have £850m in grants for businesses impacted by coronavirus.

Official figures show that £556m of the £635m funding from the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) scheme has yet to be allocated. The government announced the funding in December to help hospitality and leisure firms impacted by the new coronavirus varient. It provides grants of up to £6,000, dependent on the premises' rateable value.

Another £294m is also still available through the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme which has been paying out grants since November 2020 and was topped up with £102m last December. Local authorities have the freedom to decide how to allocate the grants and which businesses receive them. Councils are using a wide variety of eligibility. Here's a selection of the latest schemes.

The proportion of grants accessed by businesses varies widely by region. In the South West only 4% of the £123,887,322 allocation has been handed out, whereas in Yorkshire and the Humber 21% of £64,685,016 has been provided.

According to the Times, council representatives said the funds are "unclaimed rather than undistributed" and they are having to deal with different grants over different timeframes with checks of businesses having to be carried out before payments are made.

Business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has written to local authorities with more than 5% left over from previous ARG funding rounds and instructed them to disburse the grants. Small business minister Paul Scully has also urged local councils to get the funding to companies as soon as possible.

"We're working to get our economy running on all cylinders again so we can focus on making the UK the best place in the world to work and do business, creating jobs along the way," Scully said.

"Eligible businesses should apply as soon as possible for the grants available to help them put the pandemic behind them and get on a sounder footing to achieve success."

If you think you are eligible for a grant, you can find your local council's website here.

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant (OHLG) grants

Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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