Omicron Hospitality Payment scheme gets underway...are you eligible for a one-off grant of £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000?

Land & Property Services has begun contacting NI hospitality businesses to confirm their details to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made.

Over 3,200 local businesses will be eligible for a one-off grant payment of either £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000 based on their rateable value. Eligible businesses will include; restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, bistros, snack bars, nightclubs, pubs, social clubs and private members clubs.

Businesses are being contacted by email if they previously received a payment under the Localised Restrictions Support Scheme (LRSS).

The email will include a link to an online form, where businesses will be asked to confirm some relevant information and complete a declaration in order to enable payments for the Omicron Hospitality Payment Scheme to issue. These businesses should check their mailbox for this email, including Junk Mail folders.

If there has been no change in a business’s circumstances, the payment should be with the business within seven to 10 working days of their application, depending on how long the payment takes to clear through the banking system. If circumstances have changed, Land & Property Services will need to carry out some further validation checks and gather some additional information, which will require additional time to process.

A process has been put in place to allow new hospitality start-up businesses or those that had not previously applied to LRSS to apply for the Omicron Hospitality Payment.

These businesses can apply by downloading an application form from the nibusinessinfo website. This process and the necessary supporting documentation required can be found on the nibusinessinfo website at https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/coronavirus-omicron-hospitality-payment.

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