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Carlisle City Council is providing local businesses with free access to its local business support and grant portal provided by Open4Business. This is tailored for the Carlisle area and includes local, regional and national schemes.

Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.


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Job Support Scheme Expanded for Businesses Forced to Close by COVID Restrictions

21 October 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) is being expanded to support businesses across the UK that are legally required to close as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Companies whose premises are shut down for a period over winter, as part of local or national restrictions, will receive grants to pay the wages of staff who cannot work. The aim is to protect jobs and enable businesses to reopen swiftly once restrictions are lifted.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced that the Government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employees’ salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 per month. Employers will not be required to contribute towards wages and will only be asked to cover National Insurance Contributions (NICs) and pension contributions. Businesses will only be eligible to claim the grant while they are subject to restrictions and employees must be off work for a minimum of seven consecutive days.

In addition to expansion of the JSS, the Government is increasing the cash grants to businesses in England that are shut in local lockdowns, to help with fixed costs. These grants will be linked to rateable values, with up to £3,000 per month payable every two weeks, compared with up to £1,500 every three weeks, which was available previously.

These measures will sit alongside the original JSS - which is designed to support businesses that are facing low demand over the winter months - and the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus (JRB) which encourages employers to keep staff on payroll.

The JSS scheme, which is UK wide, will begin on 1 November 2020 and will be available for six months, with a review point in January 2021.

How To Apply

The scheme will be open from 1 November 2020 to the end of April 2021.

Employers will be able to make a claim online through from December 2020. They will be paid on a monthly basis.

More details can be accessed here


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