Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR

The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Relief, or for particular sectors. Many small businesses fall outside these reliefs desperately need cash grants and support now.

This petition closed on 8 Oct 2020 with 26,106 signatures


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Recent Documents related to Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR

1. Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR
18/03/2020 - Petitions

Found: The cash grants proposed by Government are only for businesses in receipt of the Small Business Rates

2. Broadland District & South Norfolk Councils - written evidence
30/04/2019 - Inquiry: The impact of Business Rates on business - Treasury Committee
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Found: response to the Inquiry into Business Rates and the impact on Businesses from: Broadland District Council

3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding - guidance for businesses
01/04/2020 - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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Found: March 2020 Grant Funding Schemes Small Business Grant Fund / Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

4. North East Lincolnshire Council - written evidence
24/04/2019 - Inquiry: The impact of Business Rates on business - Treasury Committee
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Found: (IBR0052) Treasury Committee - The Impact of Business Rates on Business Observations from North East Lincolnshire

5. Federation of Small Businesses - written evidence
24/04/2019 - Inquiry: The impact of Business Rates on business - Treasury Committee
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Found: Federation of Small Businesses Written evidence submitted by Federation of Small Businesses (IBR0042)   29

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Recent Speeches related to Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR

1. Finance Bill
02/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: within a year of Royal Assent a review of the tax reliefs contained in this Act which must contain the following— - Speech Link
2: Parliament on the number and revenue effect of the tax reliefs contained in the Bill; and on the efficiency of - Speech Link
3: following:New clause 2—Review of changes to entrepreneurs’ relief—“(1) The Chancellor of the Exchequer must - Speech Link

2. Economic Update
17/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: billion package to support people and businesses. I promised to do whatever it takes to support our economy - Speech Link

3. Covid-19: Hospitality Industry
24/03/2021 - Commons Chamber

1: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Covid-19 and food supply, HC 263, and the Government Response, HC - Speech Link
2: to move,That this House has considered support for the hospitality industry throughout the covid-19 - Speech Link

4. Finance Bill
27/04/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: shielding, of lockdown. In the Treasury and across Government as a whole we have worked around the clock since - Speech Link

5. Coronavirus: Employment Support
19/03/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: the Government are clear that they will do whatever it takes to protect our people and businesses from - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Extend grants immediately to small businesses outside of SBRR
1. Small Businesses: Grants
asked by: Lucy Powell
08/10/2020
... if his Department will publish the (a) number and (b) value of grant payments made to hereditaments by local authority area as at 30 September 2020.

2. Small Businesses: Discretionary Grants
asked by: Rachael Maskell
17/09/2020
... (c) bed and breakfast businesses and (d) charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates.

3. Small Businesses: Discretionary Grants
asked by: Rachael Maskell
17/09/2020
... how much of the £617 million of the Government's Discretionary Grant fund has been granted to businesses by local authorities.

4. Small Businesses: Discretionary Grants
asked by: Rachael Maskell
17/09/2020
... for what reason (a) day nurseries and (b) children's indoor play centres were not identified as priority business types in the Discretionary Grant programme.

5. Small Business Grants Fund
asked by: Diana Johnson
18/05/2020
... what his timescale is for (a) allocating and (b) disbursing Small Business Grants Fund for businesses in Shared Spaces funding to (i) local authorities and (ii) Hull City Council; and what plans the Government has to provide guidance to local authorities on allocation of grants from that fund.

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This needs to be made immediately available by every means possible.

Small businesses are dying by the day and jobs are being lost. We need fast, easy access to cash grants for small businesses enabling them to survive COVID-19.

Time is of the essence. Government needs to do more for small businesses, not just the current proposals.

Grant distribution can be done faster. We need to use all resources available.


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Government Response

The business grants schemes are helping many thousands of small businesses and are just one part of the Government’s unprecedented package of support for business during the Covid-19 crisis.


The Government recognises that this is a very challenging time for businesses in a wide variety of sectors. Small businesses facing high fixed property-related costs are in particular need of support because they are less likely than larger businesses to have sufficient cash reserves to see them through the Covid-19 crisis. The Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund are designed to help the smallest businesses, as well as small businesses in sectors which have been especially hard hit by the decline in customer footfall which has taken place since social distancing measures were introduced. The grants schemes are already helping thousands of small businesses in these situations: as of 11th May, over £9.1 billion worth of grants have been paid to over 742,000 business premises.

The Government is aware that some small businesses have found themselves excluded from the existing business grants schemes because of the way they interact with the business rates system. That is why the Government has allocated up to an additional £617 million to Local Authorities to enable them to give discretionary grants to businesses in this situation. The Government has published detailed guidance on how Local Authorities should administer the Discretionary Grants Fund. The Government’s intention is for Local Authorities to prioritise the following types of business when making discretionary grants: small businesses in shared offices or other flexible work spaces such as industrial parks, science parks, incubators etc, which do not have their own business rates assessment; regular market traders who do not have their own business rates assessment; B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of business rates; and charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Local Authorities may choose to focus payments on those priority groups which are most relevant to their local areas. Local Authorities may also choose to pay grants to businesses outside of these priority groups, according to local economic need, so long as the business was trading on 11th March, and has not received any other cash grant funded by central Government.

Businesses will need to apply to their Local Authority in order to receive grants. Each Local Authority will need to create their own process, and should look to do so as quickly as possible. We encourage businesses to look out for their Local Authority’s version of this scheme, and to contact their Local Authority for more information in due course.

The priority of all business grants schemes continues to be to help the smallest businesses, and small businesses which are facing significant property-related costs and operate in sectors which have been particularly hard hit by the steep decline in customer footfall.

Businesses which can’t receive business grants should be able to benefit from other measures in the Government’s generous package of support for business, including: a twelve-month business rate holiday for all retail, hospitality and leisure properties, regardless of their size; an option to defer VAT payments by up to twelve months; the Bounce Back Loan Scheme, which will ensure that small and micro businesses can quickly access loans of up to £50,000 which are 100% guaranteed by the Government; the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme, now extended to cover all businesses including those which would be able to access commercial credit; the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, to support businesses with their wage bill; and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme, to provide support to the self-employed.

HM Treasury


MPs spoken contributions during 25 Jun 2020 petition debate