English councils given more time to provide remaining £1bn in grants to businesses

English councils given more time to provide remaining £1bn in grants to businesses
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Thu 24th Jun 2021

Councils in England have been given an extra month to hand out the remaining funds from one of the government's grant schemes for businesses impacted by coronavirus restrictions.

According to The Times, the Department for Business said £1bn of the £2bn provided to local authorities for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme has yet to be spent.

The ARG was set up last October and topped up earlier this year.

Local authorities originally had until 30 June to give out the funding but the government updated its guidance last week and extended the deadline until 30 July to reflect the delay in removing all restrictions in England.

Councils have the freedom to determine the eligibility for the grants but the government is encouraging them to support:

  • businesses severely impacted by restrictions but not eligible for the Restart Grant scheme which is for firms paying business rates.

  • businesses from sectors that remain closed or severely impacted, even if they have already had a Restart Grant. That includes the travel and tourism sector, wedding industries, nightclubs, theatres, events industries, wholesalers, English language schools, breweries, freelance and mobile businesses including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses.

If you think you're eligible, you can find details for your local council here.

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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 have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson 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'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three 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. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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