SUPPORTING YOU AND
YOUR LICENSED BUSINESS

supporting the business interests of the
self-employed licensees in the licensed trade
BY BECOMING A MEMBER OR REJOINING THE FLVA YOU ARE CONSENTING TO THE ASSOCIATION RETAINING YOUR CONTACT DETAILS. WE DO NOT PASS THIS INFORMATION TO ANY THIRD PARTIES.

Welcome to the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations (FLVA). The FLVA is a members’ organisation looking after the business interests of self-employed licensees in the licensed trade. The licensed trade can be a minefield and licensees can feel as though they are being hit from all sides: customers, suppliers, local council, the media, you name it, there always seems to be someone knocking at their door.

This is where the FLVA comes in. We have been operating for 20 years this year and offer advice, help and assistance 365 days a year in all areas affecting self employed licensees. The FLVA brings numerous benefits to its members, all of which are included in the annual membership fee. Details of the FLVA’s services are included within this web site.

BREAKING NEWS

UNIQUE PUB COMPANY LEASE RENEWALS

If you have a unique pub company lease which is approaching expiry or renewal in the next year please contact us for advice and assistance. For further detail see our members area under Unique Pub Company Lease Renewals. See also MRO & Tied Rent Reviews & Renewals

EAT OUT TO HELP OUT.

The government have introduced a scheme where your customers can dine in your establishment and they will receive upto 50% discount (capped) on food and non alcoholic drinks, which will be reimbursed to you via HMRC

Registration to take part in the scheme opens on the 13th July and the scheme runs from the 3rd August 2020 to the 31st August 2020. For full details, restrictions, and examples follow the links below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/register-your-establishment-for-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme?utm_source=0f7cc920-bc77-457f-a288-ad8ab2037c68&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme/get-more-information-about-the-eat-out-to-help-out-scheme

REDUCED RATE VAT FOR HOSPITALITY OUTLETS

The government have introduced a temporary reduced rate of VAT which will operate for a 6 month period from 15th July 2020 to 12th January 2021.

The reduced rate will apply in general to food and non-alcoholic beverages for consumption on your premises, hot takeaway food and hot takeaway non-alcoholic drinks, and the supply of sleeping accommodation in a hotel or similar establishment.

For further detailed information please follow the links below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/vat-reduced-rate-for-hospitality-holiday-accommodation-and-attractions?utm_source=9adb6755-3544-4961-a171-412610dd7e14&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/catering-takeaway-food-and-vat-notice-7091

STAFF,VISITOR & CUSTOMER DATA COLLECTION.

Details in respect of Government requirements for our industry to collect, share (or not) and destroy data from customers, is detailed in the link below.

There is also information regarding official “test, track and trace” contact to avoid fraudulent use by non NHS bodies

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace?utm_source=e159c002-348d-40e9-892a-656cc5916a0f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate#information-to-collect

FLEXIBLE FURLOUGH SCHEME STARTS 1ST JULY 2020.

From the 1st July you can bring back previously furloughed workers part time and still claim furloughed pay from the Government.

For details follow the link below

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/flexible-furlough-scheme-starts-today?utm_source=ce4c7158-66cd-4df7-81f3-78de143a9580&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

DEFFERED VAT PAYMENT SCHEME ENDS 30TH JUNE

The Government VAT deferral scheme ended on the 30th June 2020.

You need to continue to submit VAT returns as normal, and on time, pay the VAT in full on payments due after 30 June, set-up cancelled Direct Debits.

Deferred VAT payments should be paid in full on or before 31 March 2021

For full details follow the link below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=502c4335-fe07-4208-9654-65e87fb873b1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FAST TRACK FOR PAVEMENT LICENSING AND OUTDOOR SEATING.

The government has announced fast track and deemed permissions for street table licences and outdoor seating. Please follow the links below for details and forms

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-support-for-pubs-cafes-and-restaurants?utm_source=d3fc5f25-9b19-4109-a6d0-77f1f2ed37ae&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pavement-licences-draft-guidance?utm_source=389e4313-7f82-42d6-bf67-53d5ec467b01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safer-public-places-urban-centres-and-green-spaces-covid-19

UPDATED * GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES 4TH JULY RE-OPENING * UPDATED

For updated and more specific guidance please follow the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=46816538-975c-422b-bdb7-20ee0a378642&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Please follow the links below regarding the Governments announcement that Pubs can re-open on the 4th July following certain guidelines

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-easing-of-lockdown-restrictions-23-june-2020?utm_source=3c864936-9d34-4ec6-8ea2-32f6b6bb163a&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/opening-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england-from-4-july-2020?utm_source=a2bfb513-c2d3-4510-8c4f-8ac34b24537d&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

VAT DEFERRAL & CURRENT PAYMENTS.

Please follow the link below for the latest information with regard to Deferred and current VAT payments and returns.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=eef7ab69-ec97-491f-8487-4e3eef504130&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

CODE OF PRACTICE FOR COMMERCIAL LANDLORDS AND TENANTS

Please follow the links below for a new code of practice outlining best practice with regard to business evictions.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/code-of-practice-for-the-commercial-property-sector?utm_source=38bd2162-c1e5-4898-9c11-a303e693d0f1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-provides-further-halt-to-business-evictions-and-more-support-for-high-street-firms?utm_source=805b0c40-9cd7-480b-9bd7-2bd3250ab20a&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

CHANGES TO EMPLOYERS CONTRIBUTION TO JOB RETENTION FURLOUGH PAY.

Employers are to pay a larger proportion of employees pay from July, increasing in steps through to October.

Please follow the link below for details.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme/changes-to-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

SELF EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT LATEST GUIDELINES.

For the latest information regarding the FINAL Self Employment Income Support Grant follow the link below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme?utm_source=bd4349b3-a5ca-4a7d-a74b-9a07f66d2971&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=daily

BUSINESS INTERRUPTION INSURANCE

As you may be aware the Financial Conducts Authority (FCA) is seeking clarity through the courts regarding business interruption claims due to COVID 19.

More detailed information can be found on the links below, including potential timescales.

Please ensure you have lodged your claim with your insurers and have their formal response

https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/business-interruption-insurance

https://www.fca.org.uk/publication/corporate/bi-insurance-test-case-questions-for-determination-9-june.pdf

REQUIRE YOUR STAFF TO TAKE HOLIDAY WHILST STILL FURLOUGHED

Follow the link below for details on how employers can require their staff to take holiday and still be able to claim the 80% furloughed pay under the Job Retention Scheme.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/holiday-entitlement-and-pay-during-coronavirus-covid-19

GUIDANCE FOR OPERATORS OFFERING TAKEAWAY OR DELIVERY FACILITIES.

If you are currently or are thinking about introducing Takeaway or Delivery services please go to the link below for advice and guidance

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

STATUTORY SICK PAY FOR WORKERS WHO HAVE BEEN TOLD TO SELF ISOLATE BY NHS

For the latest information in respect of SSP and also the regulations surrounding employyess effected by the recent “track and trace” regulations please follow the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=e78fa457-1f82-42bd-aa90-25eb45fd7edd&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

CHANCELLOR EXTENDS SELF-EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT SCHEME AND CONFIRMS FURLOUGH NEXT STEPS INCLUDING PART TIME RETURN TO WORK WHILST STILL FURLOUGHED

The chancellor has announced extensions to the self employment grant and new contributory measures for employers for workers effected by furlough. Employees may also be eligable to return to work part time, whilst still covered under the furloughed Job retention Scheme. Details in the links below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme?utm_source=95036a42-e8c3-49f3-8f73-6300a69ea34a&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-self-employment-support-scheme-and-confirms-furlough-next-steps?utm_source=31139e1d-b786-40a3-a5dc-67dfb435fb45&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-self-employment-income-support-scheme?utm_source=95036a42-e8c3-49f3-8f73-6300a69ea34a&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme?utm_source=e941893e-d652-43c3-8039-c914845ebe1f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

BEWARE OF SCAMS

Please be very aware of scams that purport to be from HMRC. Do not give out private details, answer texts or download any attachments. If you believe you have been sent a scam you can forward emails to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.

SELF EMPLOYED INCOME SUPPORT SCHEME NOW LIVE.

Please note that the Self employed income support scheme is live from today the 13th May. Follow the link below for full details.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

* REVISED * BOUNCE BACK LOAN SCHEME. * REVISED *

The Government has just announced the detail of a new loan scheme for business’s which will be interest and repayment free for the 1st 12 months of the loan. The loan is to be 100% guaranteed by the Govt and can be taken over a 6 year period. Loans can be for £2k to £50k. The maximum amount to be equivalent to 25% of turnover. The scheme started on the 4th May and is designed to be faster and easier to access than the current business interruption loan scheme. Follow the links below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan#how-to-apply

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-bounce-back-loans-to-launch-today?utm_source=c985eecc-0ba1-4c89-9b64-575df515d4a0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-coronavirus-bounce-back-loan#eligibility

* REVISED * HMRC WEBINAR ON THE JOB RETENTION SCHEME * REVISED *

HMRC are offering live webinars on the Job Retention Scheme.

The live webinar will, be taking a look at: furloughed workers, who can apply for the scheme , following the rules of the scheme, how much may be claimed, how to claim and what you’ll need to claim.

Places are extremely limited so please save your place by clicking on the choose your date and time link below

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-and-support-if-your-business-is-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=4c0a4c9f-c938-435e-a096-4e17b9b001a6&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

UK GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FINDING TOOL.

If you are in any doubt about which support grants you are eligible for follow the links below as a substantive check

https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

* UPDATED * HOW TO CLAIM BACK FURLOUGHED WORKERS PAY * UPDATED *

Please follow the new links below for Government information regarding the process, detail and STEP BY STEP GUIDE required in order for you to claim back your wages costs of your furloughed workers. This HMRC portal is now available. Payments should be received by you within 6 days.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/work-out-80-of-your-employees-wages-to-claim-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-job-retention-scheme-step-by-step-guide-for-employers

You may need a Government Gateway ID. If you don’t have one or have forgotten yours please follow the link below to register for HMRC online services

Please also check changes to CHANGES TO EMPLOYEES ELIGIBILITY as some staff previously not eligible, including redundancies, may now qualify for furloughed pay.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/log-in-register-hmrc-online-services/register

* UPDATED * DESTRUCTION OF BEER IN CELLARS AND DUTY RECLAIM * UPDATED *

Please go to the link below for an easy to use beer desrtruction format for participating brewers. PLEASE REMEMBER IF YOUR LANDLORD COMPANY HAS THEIR OWN POLICY THEN YOU MUST FOLLOW THAT POLICY TO FACILITATE EASY DESTRUCTION AND CREDIT

https://www.returnyourbeer.co.uk

YOU MUST CHECK WITH YOUR PUB COMPANY FOR INDIVIDUAL POLICIES REGARDING RETURN OR DESTRUCTION

In general and in brief you must have authority from the Supplier, Pub Co/Brewer/Wholesaler, who in turn must have the authority of their supplier. Documentation must be completed for each container destroyed recording specific details, volumes, ABV etc. The local water authority must also be consulted. Credit for the duty element will be given to the supplier who in turn will credit yourself.

Check fully with your regional manager for specific instructions as uplifts may be the preferred route for some suppliers

For full details go to link https://beerandpub.com/briefings/best-practice-for-destruction-of-beer-in-cellars/ and download the document. All instructions must be followed in order for duty to be reclaimed.

VAT DEFERRAL

There is some confusion with regard to the deferral of VAT payments due between the 20/3/20 and the 30/6/20. In brief any payments that are due during this period can be deferred until the 31/3/21, if you wish to do so. There is no need to request a deferral simply do not pay. No penalties will be incurred as a consequence of deferral. For full detail follow the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/deferral-of-vat-payments-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

MANAGERS P11D DETAIL 2019/20

Details regarding the above are available in our members area.

ONE STOP SHOP FOR BUSINESS SUPPORT

Please follow the link below for easy to follow detail and information regarding all the various Government grants and support available/

https://www.businesssupport.gov.uk/coronavirus-business-support/

INCOME SUPPORT AND UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Below are web links covering grant aid for the self employed which is likely to become live in June. Also a link to eligibility and procedures surrounding universal credit. We have been advised that the speed in respect of claiming Universal Credit and receipt of the benefits is greatly improved and applications where eligible should be pursued

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-a-grant-through-the-coronavirus-covid-19-self-employment-income-support-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

RETAIL, HOSPITALITY AND LEISURE GRANT.

This grant is automatically given via the Local Authorities and instructions so far say you do not need to apply.
HOWEVER it would appear that if you complete an application on most LA’s web sites the grants are being processed quicker. Search your local site and get your application in.

GOVERNMENT COVID-19 ADVICE via WhatsApp

To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started. Further options then appear.

COVID 19 coronavirus

Please follow the link below for regularly updated Government information on Guidance for Employers, Guidance for Employees and support for business

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

You can subscribe to Government updates on an instant, daily or weekly basis by subscribing to the link below

https://www.gov.uk/email-signup?link=/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR)

The above regulation comes into force on the 25th May 2018. It applies to “personal data” which you hold on an individual, these individuals are allowed to see and access any data which you may hold and request its erasure. It places a responsibility on the holder to keep that data secure. For a more detailed explanation go to our members area under GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR).

MPL Licenses

There has been flurry of demands from the Motion Picture Licence Company for public houses to take a licence to allow the public broadcasting of TV programmes. This may not be the case and you should seek our advice as to whether or not on is required for your outlet. A more full explanation and proposed response to a request from the MPLC is in our members area.

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STATUTORY CODE

Statutory Code Regulations

The Pubs Code Regulations now supersedes Version 6 of the Voluntary Industry Framework code for Pub Operating business’s with over 500 tied houses. The web site for the Pubs Code Adjudicator can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/pubs-code-adjudicator where there are many useful fact sheets summarising the code.

TIED RENT REVIEWS, LEASE RENEWALS and MARKET RENT ONLY (Free of Tie) CASES.

Please speak to us as we can assist you in the handling and negotiation of all of these processes. Time is of the essence so do not delay, speak to us before the event so you are ready in advance and know what actions to take.

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PUB CODE ADJUDICATOR STAY PROCEDURE

The Pubs Code Adjudicator has introduced a “stay” procedure which gives more time to negotiate new agreements after the initial MRO request and the subsequent “full response” from the Pub Operating Business’s. This can be of great benefit and save on your costs.

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PUB CODE ADJUDICATOR ARBITRATION AWARDS, PUBLICATION AND EFFECT

There have been several arbitrations published by the Pubs Code Adjudicator which may have a beneficial effect on your ability to take up the opportunity to move to a Market Rent Only option. We can assist you in the explanation of these awards and the service of the relevant notices, should you wish to have a look at this opportunity.

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NEW VOLUNTARY CODES FOR PUB OPERATING COMPANIES WHO OPERATE LESS THAN 500 TIED HOUSES

A separate voluntary code has also been introduced as of today to encompass Pub operating business’s operating less than 500 tied outlets and for those operating outlets in Scotland these can be found at the links below and in our members area.

Leased Codes of Practice
Tenants Codes of Practice
Scotland Codes of Practice

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