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Businesses most impacted by Omicron variant to benefit from over £700 million as government delivers funding to local authorities

New grant funding for businesses impacted by the pandemic.  Businesses are encouraged to apply to their council for grant funding which will be administered over the coming weeks. Businesses eligible for grants are those that offer in-person services, where the main service and activity takes place in a fixed rate-paying premises, in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors.

Other businesses impacted by Omicron, such as those that supply the hospitality and leisure sectors are also able to apply for grants with the government allocating more than £100 million to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) fund for local authorities in England.

Further information will be available in the published factsheets at Local authorities will have discretion to allocate this funding to businesses most in need. Funding for the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate scheme will be additional to these amounts – factsheet also in link.

Find your local authority on GOV.UK.