Lincolnshire County Council, Conservative Cllr Martin Hill recently wrote to the government requesting further support for our tourism businesses. In brilliant news the government has renewed it’s commitment to tourism across the country and confirmed the continuation of the support programme:

The government will continue to provide eligible retail, hospitality and leisure properties in England with 100% business rates relief from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. This will be followed by 66% business rates relief for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, capped at £2 million per business for properties that were required to be closed on 5 January 2021, or £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.

The government will continue to support businesses and individuals during this period – including through various government-backed loans, new grants and the extended furlough and self-employed support schemes.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until 30 September 2021. Employees will continue to receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked. The fourth Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant – which will cover the February to April period – will be worth 80% of three months’ average trading profits, paid out in a single instalment and capped at £7,500 in total. People who filed a tax return in 2019-20 are now able to claim the SEISS grant. A fifth and final SEISS grant will be available over the summer.

Nigel Huddleston MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Tourism

Read the government’s response below: