CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATIVE CLUBS

Please note the Club will be closed from Friday, 20th March until further notice.

Will all employees, bar staff and members read the following advice.

Announcement: Club Closures and  Further Financial Support  Dear ACC Clubs,The Prime Minister has just announced the closure of all pubs and we understand that this includes Clubs.  The full list of venues affected is below:Food & drink venuesPubs, bars and clubsCinemas, theatres, concert and bingo hallsSpas, indoor leisure and gymsCasinos & betting shopsMuseums & galleriesWe are frequently updating our website and if there is any update on this closure announcement we will confirm on the website. For now, all Clubs should be preparing to close from midnight tonight.  Further financial assistance for Clubs also announced by the Government:From the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak:“For the first time in our history, the British government is going to step in and help pay people’s wages.Government grants will cover 80% of the salary of retained workers, up to a total of £2,500 a month, that’s above UK median earnings level.The scheme, open to any employer in the country, will cover the cost of wages backdated to March 1st and will be open before the end of April for at least 3 months.There’s no limit on the funding available for the scheme, we will pay to support as many jobs as needed.Many businesses are hurting now and I can announce that the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme will not be interest-free, as previously planned, for 6 months – it will be for twelve months.Those loans will now be available on Monday. https://www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-scheme-cbils/To help businesses keep people in work, I’m deferring the next quarter of VAT payments.No business will pay VAT from now to mid June. You’ll have until the end of the financial year to repay those bills. That’s an over £30bn injection to businesses equivalent to 1.5% of GDP”As soon as we receive more information on the above we will be updating our website: https://www.toryclubs.co.uk/coronavirus-updates/. As ever, the ACC stands ready to assist any ACC Club which requires financial assistance. We would, however, request patience as we are very busy at the moment.  Email correspondence is currently the best way to contact us and we should normally be in a position to reply within 48 hours.We wish all ACC Clubs the best during this very difficult period and hope everyone remains safe from this virus. Kind regards,Charles Littlewood
Deputy Chief Executive