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Support for businesses providing visitor accommodation

The Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme provides business support funding to registered visitor accommodation businesses impacted by the covid restrictions. Support payments under this scheme started in October 2020 and continue until March 2021. This scheme replaces the funding that was available to these businesses up until September 2020 through phase 1 and 2 payroll co-funding schemes and is distinct from the latest payroll co-funding scheme announced in January, which does not apply to the visitor accommodation sector . Business Support measures to the visitor accommodation sector for the period beyond March are currently under consideration.

Applications for the visitor accommodation support scheme were originally invited from 1st August until 31st August 2020. However, following the new restrictions announced in January 2021, this scheme has been made available for late applications from those businesses that did not apply in 2020. The guidance provided here outlines the support available.

The Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme

Businesses that provide visitor accommodation, and who have successfully applied for support under this scheme, will be eligible for payments in the form of a fixed monthly grant per bedroom or self-catering unit (“the grant”) or a form of payroll co-funding. Those businesses are asked to select which of these support options they wish to receive. The same eligibility criteria apply in both cases.

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