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Further calls to Government to extend Stamp Duty cut

15 January 2021

A group of 50 Conservative MPs are calling on the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak to extend the stamp duty cut for properties worth less than £500,000 a further 12 months in a major boost alongside The Telegraph’s ‘Stamp Out the Duty’ campaign. Read More...

New building safety regulators proposed for Wales

15 January 2021

The Welsh Government’s Building Safety White Paper covers all multi-occupied residential buildings, from houses converted into flats through to high rise apartment blocks. It sets out major reforms to how properties are designed, built, managed, and lived in whilst proposing clear lines of accountability and a stronger regulatory system. Read More...

Support growing for Fire Safety Bill amendments that add protection for leaseholders

15 January 2021

In November, the House of Lords passed an amendment to the UK Government’s Fire Safety Bill making changes to the current legislation to protect leaseholders from having to pay for historical fire safety remedial work, including the removal of dangerous cladding. Read More...

Tightened restrictions for working from home and in people’s homes

13 January 2021

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has announced today, 13 January, six new changes to COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland to come into force on Saturday, 16 January, subject to Parliament approval. Among these changes are statutory guidance on working from home and a limitation on working within other people's homes by law. Read More...

Property industry urges the use of the UPRN across the sector

13 January 2021

Propertymark, along with other leading residential property bodies across the UK, have published an open letter to Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Thalia Baldwin, Director of the Geospatial Commission highlighting the potential benefits from implementing a widely adopted Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN). Read More...

New rules for off-payroll workers

12 January 2021

Changes to off-payroll working rules (IR35) are coming into effect in April 2021. Agents must understand and prepare for the changes and new rules, be mindful of potential additional costs when entering new arrangements with suppliers, and carefully consider renewals of existing contracts with workers for future engagements. Read More...

Grants and funding available during the pandemic

Friday 17 April 2020

The UK Government has introduced financial support for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and in recent Propertymark webinars, experts from various fields provided in depth information on what grants and funding are available and how to access them.

Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS)

CBILS is a new scheme that can provide loans of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues leading to disruptions to their cash flow.
CBILS loans consist of:

  • Term loans
  • Overdrafts
  • Invoice financing
  • Asset finance

Loans can be given to businesses with a turnover of up to £45 million among other eligibility criteria set out by the lender. Find out how to put an application together to speed up the acceptance process watch our How to successfully access funding during a crisis webinar.

Grants

The UK Government has given funding to local authorities in order to supply businesses with two different types of grants:

  • Small business grants fund
    Eligible businesses in England in receipt of either Small Business Rates Relief (SBRR) or Rural Rates Relief (RRR) in the business rates system will be eligible for a payment of £10,000.
  • Retail, hospitality and leisure grants fund
    Eligible businesses in England in receipt of the Expanded Retail Discount (which covers retail, hospitality, and leisure) with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for a cash grant of £10,000 or £25,000 per property.

You do not have to apply for these grants, your local authority will be in touch if your business is eligible.

The person who, according to the billing authority’s records, was the ratepayer for the property on the 11 March 2020 will be paid the grant money. Management agents and landlords are urged to support local government in quickly identifying the correct ratepayer if it is believed the information they hold is incorrect.

The UK Government has produced a COVID-19: business support grant funding – guidance for businesses that sets out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF). Can we include our grant document or is that just for members?

Furloughed staff – Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be in place until the end of June, but it may be extended if necessary and employers can use this scheme anytime during this period. It is designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by Coronavirus to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. 

Employees can rotate their staff through furlough, but each employee must have to be furloughed for a minimum of three weeks in order to be eligible. When employees return to work they must be taken off furlough.

How employers can access the scheme

Employers can access the scheme through the Government's online portal which is due to open on 20 April 2020.

What information employers will need to make a claim

Employers should discuss with their staff and make any changes to the employment contract by agreement. Employers may need to seek legal advice on the process. If sufficient numbers of staff are involved, it may be necessary to engage collective consultation processes to procure agreement to changes to terms of employment.

To claim, you will need:

  • your employer PAYE reference number
  • the number of employees being furloughed
  • National Insurance Numbers for the furloughed employees
  • Names of the furloughed employees
  • Payroll/employee number for the furloughed employees (optional)
  • your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number
  • the claim period (start and end date)
  • amount claimed (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 consecutive weeks)
  • your bank account number and sort code
  • your contact name
  • your phone number

Find out more by registering to hear from Sarah Turnball, Head of HR at Propertymark where she looks at furloughing rules and expands as the legislation and the details continue to evolve in our recent What furloughing means for your business webinar.

Hear from the experts

Visit our webinars page on the ARLA Propertymark website to hear from experts across the field where you can register for topical recordings of previous webinars and watch upcoming ones live.

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