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Funding and Support

Discretionary Business Grant Scheme

More small businesses in Welwyn Hatfield impacted by COVID-19, will now be eligible to receive financial support, as funding remains available under the discretionary grant scheme. 

The government introduced the discretionary business grant last month for those businesses who were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund. 

The initial tranche of applications has focused on supporting those businesses identified by the government as priorities and now the remaining funds are available to provide financial support to a wider range of businesses. 

Eligible businesses include those that rely on the safe (or hire) of goods and services to businesses which were required by the government to close on 23 March 2020 and also have fixed property cost. 

Government funding is limited and the amount payable is likely to be a maximum of £2,000. However the final awards will depend upon the number of businesses applying and will be linked to the level of fixed property costs for the business. 

For further details and to apply, click here.

The closing date for applications is 3 July 2020. Grants will be issued as soon as possible after the application process closes. Any applications received after this date will not be considered. Only one grant will be paid per business in the borough and not for each property. 

Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) whose income has been negatively impacted by COVID-19. The scheme will provide a grant to self-employed individuals or partnerships, worth 80% of their profits up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Click here for more information.

Click here to view the FAQs relating to the scheme.

Package of support available from Affinity Water to help those in financial difficulty as a result of Coronavirus

Affinity Water are publicising a package of support which is available from Affinity Water to households in financial difficulty as a result of the Coronavirus. This vitally important support includes access to payment breaks, help to reduce costs and the opportunity to spread bill payments.

From the 23 March 2020 anyone impacted financially by the Coronavirus can get help accessing the support via the Affinity Water website.

In addition, Affinity Water is calling on anyone with existing health issues to register for its priority services so they can access additional support if required.

Resources

If you need resources that are not COVID related, click here

Guidance

Protect Your Workforce Letter

To date, there has been a lower rate of spread of COVID-19 infection in Hertfordshire than in many other areas. This is really good news. However, we cannot be complacent. The challenge to prevent the spread of the virus is now more important than ever. We know workplaces can be the source of outbreaks and we cannot afford to throw away the gains we have made locally.

A letter has been sent out with a message from Jim McManus, director of Public Health, Hertfordshire with information on how to protect your employees. 

Covid Letter from Jim McManus

Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational

This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers. Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. This will be clearly communicated by the government when in effect. People must not consume food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafes or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food.

Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their licenses does not already permit.

Click here to read more.

Support for Hertfordshire businesses – Trading Safely

The Hertfordshire Better Business for All Environmental Health Covid19 Business Guidance group, have produced a toolkit of 20+ guides, checklists and templates for businesses on re-opening and trading safely, which are now live here.

New guidance established for volunteer PPE makers

Hertfordshire residents and businesses have risen to the huge challenge of tackling the coronavirus COVID-19, with many thousands of volunteers going out of their way to support their friends, neighbours, health and social care staff and public servants.

See below for the full press release.

Press release New guidance established for volunteer PPE makers final 

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do

The government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal as we can, for as many people as we can, as quickly and fairly as possible in order to safeguard livelihoods, but in a way that is safe and continues to protect our NHS.

The government has published staying safe outside your home for guidance on what the new rules will mean. These will take effect on Wednesday 13 May. The Coronavirus outbreak FAQ page sets out key FAQ to inform the public and help you prepare for these changes.

Click here

Community Thank you:

Don't Struggle Alone

The local response to the current crisis has been incredible. But for each day the lockdown continues, someone near you is struggling. We could help.

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council created the ‘Don’t Struggle Alone‘ video. The aim of the video is to let people know where they can get help, highlight some important work they have been doing, and thank the community for their effort.

Life Beyond Lockdown

As we learn to adapt to a different world, we can all play our part to help our communities and businesses get back on their feet – safely.