Updated - 16:00pm - 27/03/20

In response to the COVID 19 pandemic, on 19th March 2020 Welsh Government announced a significant package of financial support for all businesses that are registered on the Councils business rates records as at 20th March 2020.

The effect of the measures mean that all retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value below £500,000 will receive 100% non-domestic rates relief in 2020-21. The Council will automatically award this relief to qualifying businesses which means you do not have to make an application or contact the Council about this. If your business qualifies for the new relief, you will receive confirmation of this within the next 10 days and you can be assured that the Council will not collect a payment from your bank account on 15th April if you pay your rates by Direct Debit. A full list of qualifying businesses is available from Business Wales.

In addition, any business that is eligible for Small Business Rates Relief on 20th March 2020 – those with a rateable value up to £12,000 – will receive a grant of £10,000. Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000. 

In order to be considered for a grant payment of either £10,000 or £25,000 you must complete and submit the online application form, along with supporting evidence of your bank account, which can be uploaded, as part of the application process.

Request grant for your business

Grant payments will be made as soon as is reasonably practicable (within 3 to 5 working days of receiving a completed application form).

PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW UP YOUR APPLICATION BY CONTACTING THE COUNCIL, EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO PROCESS YOUR GRANT PAYMENT WITHIN THE ABOVE TIMESCALES.

The Council is committed to supporting business and enterprise across the County Borough, particularly at this difficult and challenging time. 

The Council is working alongside Welsh Government to deliver the package of support worth more than £1.4bn for small businesses to help them during the coronavirus outbreak, including;

  • Business rate relief - a year-long business rates holiday for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses in Wales (except those with a rateable value over £500,000).
  • Non Repayable Grants - funds are available for small businesses with a rateable value of up to £51,000.  These grants will be delivered by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council.  
  • The UK Government has announced a new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme which will pay a taxable grant of 80% of average annual profits over the last 3 years up to £2,500 per month. HMRC will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational.

The UK Government has also provided guidance on key areas such as;

Please be aware that to delay the spread of coronavirus, the UK Government has instructed some businesses and venues including all pubs, bars and restaurants to close. Find out more on which businesses need to close.

Information and guidance is continually being updated so please visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk and https://businesswales.gov.wales/ for the latest position.

Food Delivery and Takeaway Guidance - Business Advice

Following the new Government restrictions placed on public houses, restaurants, cafes etc. You may look to change the way your business operates and diversify, for example, by considering advertising and providing food from your normal menu or new dishes for delivery or takeaway.

This document's advice should be used in conjunction with, and to supplement the business’s own food policy (Safer Food Better Business (SFBB), or equivalent). If you don’t use SFBB, your food safety management system should be updated accordingly.

All staff need to be informed of the background of coronavirus including transmission routes, symptoms and what to do if staff become ill, self-isolation requirements and other relevant information to be able to effectively control the spread of coronavirus.The Government have issued guidance on COVID-19 for employees and businesses https://www.gov.uk

Advice is changing rapidly as this virus progresses, and this guidance note may need revision at a later date if Government or industry advice changes.

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