£23.7 million Omicron Hospitality Payments issued – Murphy

Date published: 27 January 2022

Over £23.7 million has issued to 1,936 hospitality businesses under the Department of Finance’s Omicron Hospitality Payment.

Finance Minister Conor Murphy at Pizza on the Square, Belfast

Under the scheme, restaurants, cafés, coffee shops, bistros, snack bars, nightclubs, pubs, and social clubs are eligible for a one-off grant payment of either £10,000, £15,000 or £20,000 based on their rateable value.

Last Wednesday (19 January) Land & Property Services (LPS) contacted 3,247 eligible businesses to verify their details to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made. To date, 2,233 businesses have confirmed their details and LPS has paid 86% of these applications.

Visiting two businesses in Belfast which received the Omicron Hospitality Payment, the Finance Minister said: “My Department has worked at pace to deliver this scheme and I’m delighted that over £23.7 million has this week issued to hospitality businesses. These one-off grants will provide vital support to the hospitality industry which suffered a severe loss of trade as a result of Omicron. 

Minister Murphy added: “I encourage businesses which still haven’t verified their details to do so quickly to enable the Omicron Hospitality Payment to be made.”

A process has also been put in place to allow new hospitality start-up businesses or those that had not previously applied to Localised Restrictions Support Scheme to apply for the Omicron Hospitality Payment. This process and the necessary support documentation required can be found on the nibusinessinfo website at https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/coronavirus-omicron-hospitality-payment.

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