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Earlier today the Government announced that Scunthorpe will move to Tier 3 on December 2nd 2020. You can find a visual for Tier 3 restrictions at the bottom of this email.
What does it mean for us?
- Bars, pubs and restaurants will not be allowed to reopen, with exceptions for takeaway, delivery or drive-through services, which will be allowed to continue; government support is available for businesses here.
- All Retail, including non-essential will be allowed to reopen.
- Guidance for entertainment venues can be found here.
- Personal Care establishments will be allowed to reopen, more information can be found here.
- Hotels/ accommodation are to remain closed unless for work purposes or where people cannot return home.
- Places of Worship can open, however, attendees must not mix with people outside their household or support bubble.
- 15 guests maximum for a wedding, civil partnership or wake; 30 people may attend funerals. Wedding receptions are not allowed.
- Indoor leisure (gyms and swimming pools) may open, although users must be alone or in a group with their household or support bubble only.
- The rules for Education-related settings are often circumstantial and complex - do get in touch with Department for Education’s Coronavirus helpline via their contact number 0800 046 8687 or email email@example.com.
- More information about these restrictions can be found here.
Further restriction grants and discretionary grants
North Lincs Council has confirmed that there will be grants for businesses forced to close under Tier 3 restrictions.
As I have said before I will continue to push NLC to provide discretionary support for other businesses severely impacted by the virus.
I am confident that they will be working hard on measures to support impacted businesses and will, of course, let you know when I find out more.
Support for the Self-Employed
- The third instalment of the SEISS has been announced and will cover from 1st November, until the 29th January 2021.
- Claim from the 30th of November.
- The grant Is based on 80% of three months’ average trading profits, capped at £7,500.
- For more information and to check if you can claim can be found here.
Tax avoidance scams: don’t get caught out
- The Government has launched a new campaign to inform people and protect them from tax avoidance scams.
- Help and resources can be found here.
HMRC customs import declarations
- HMRC is currently running an informative webinar, aimed to help businesses in the Brexit transition period, so they are prepared for the UK’s departure on the 1st January 2021.
- Information about Importing goods can be found here.
- Information about exporting goods can be found here.
- Register for the webinar here.
Capital Gains Tax Changes
- For any residential property sold during the 2019/20 financial year, that was not the main home, the profit must be declared to HMRC by 21st January 2021.
- From 6th April 2020, if a person sells a residential property (excluding their main home), HMRC must be notified and the tax paid within 30 days of the sale’s completion.
- More information can be found here.
Campaigning in Parliament
I am pleased that the government has listened to our campaign to keep gyms, indoor facilities, pools, and golf courses open, although there is much more to do. I have received a response to my previous letter to the Minister regarding weddings, and will continue to work with colleagues to support the industry.
The feedback I have received from your emails and survey responses has been genuinely useful - they allow me to better understand what our area's needs are and informs my discussions with North Lincs Council and the government.
These Tier 3 restrictions are no doubt harsh, especially on our hospitality industry and I can assure you that these concerns have been strongly raised during yesterday's 1922 meeting with the PM and Chancellor.
Lastly, I know how hard it has been for local businesses and employees. I do not think it is acceptable for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) to propose a pay rise for MPs at this time.
I have stated my views when consulted last month and signed the joint letter to the chair of IPSA.
There is a vaccine-shaped light at the end of this long tunnel.
We will get through this together.