Covid-19 FAQ’s

Will I be taxed on any Covid-19 payments I have received?

Grants and payments from schemes to support business and self-employed individuals during coronavirus (COVID-19) are taxable. To find out if you need to include a COVID-19 grant or support payment on your tax return if you are self-employed or a partner in a business visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reporting-coronavirus-covid-19-grants-and-support-payments

Where can I find information on the grants I have received?

During the Covid-19 pandemic a number of grant payments were made to different businesses who had applied and met the deadlines for applications. Some payments were made automatically to businesses who had already applied and continued to meet the eligibility criteria.

As the deadlines for applications have now passed, you are unable to backdate any missing Covid-19 payments currently.

However, please do speak to us if you would like to understand what payments you received during the Covid-19 lockdown periods or a breakdown of payments.

Can I have more information on workplace Coronavirus testing?

You can no longer order free rapid lateral flow tests for your employees. Instead, you can buy your own tests and set up your own workplace testing or pay an approved supplier to provide tests or run a test site for you.

If you cannot provide this, you can ask your employees to get a rapid lateral flow test at home or visit a test site. For more information on the testing options available in Barnsley please visit:

www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19/get-a-test-for-coronavirus-covid-19/get-a-test-if-you-have-symptoms-of-coronavirus-covid-19/

I am unsure of what I need to do to comply with current Covid-19 safety requirements?

If your business involves working within close contact of others or customers, then it is important you are aware of the measures that need to be in place to comply with COVID-19 safety requirements.

If you need to seek guidance for working safely in close contact services, or completing risk assessments then please visit:

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-close-contact-businesses/

Am I still eligible for the coronavirus Bounce Back Loan?

The Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BLLS) enabled smaller businesses to access finance more quickly during the coronavirus outbreak. The Bounce Back Loan Scheme has now closed to new applications and top-up applications as of the 31st March 2021.

Am I entitled to the test and trace payment?

The test and trace payment is a one-off payment to help people who are required to isolate, and as a result, cannot work and would lose income.

You could be entitled to the one-off payment of £500 if:

  • you have tested positive for COVID-19 and you cannot do your job from home.
  • a young person you need to provide care for has tested positive for COVID-19, and you cannot do your job from home.
  • you have been identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Trace or the COVID-19 app, haven’t had both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine, and cannot do your job from home.
  • a young person that you need to provide care for (aged between 18 and 25 with an EHC plan in place) has been identified as a close contact, hasn’t had both doses of their COVID-19 vaccine, and you cannot do your job from home.

This scheme is available until Thursday 31 March 2022. Claims can be made up to 42 days from the first day of isolation.

If you have been told to isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app and are not double vaccinated, you’ll need to take steps before applying for the scheme. Please find more information about this scheme here:

https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/services/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-covid-19/test-and-trace-support-payments/

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