Peter Dunphy has campaigning across a number of areas to help local businesses particularly those left out of government COVID-19 relief schemes.
- The Raise the Bar Campaign to increase the rateable value threshold (from 50 to 150K) for businesses to apply for rate relief grants. This is particularly harsh on London businesses where rateable values are higher. This initiative backed by the GLA has now been adopted by the City after lobbying by Peter and other members of the Council.
- The City of London is now backing a campaign supported by Peter to include independent healthcare businesses within support schemes. these businesses which include dentists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and osteopaths have endured enforced closure and government rules that exclude them from relief schemes. This is unfair and must change.
- Support for serviced office users without rateable value calculations. These businesses pay rates indirectly through their service charges yet are excluded from rate relief schemes. We are lobbying the government for more help as well as asking serviced office providers to be as helpful as possible to their licence holders.
- Licensed premises have been closed down but under current legislation the local authority is obliged to continue to charge fees and levies including the late night levy even though no activity is possible. Again we are seeking a change in this legislation to allow a reversal of these charges.
For more information about these campaigns get in touch with Peter Dunphy
Peter Dunphy who was first elected to represent Cornhill ward in 2009 has now been appointed Ward Deputy. The Deputy is the senior Common Councillor and is appointed by, and acts to deputise for, the Alderman.
“I’m delighted to take up this role and would like to thank Stephen Haines for over 10 years service in this role. Stephen encouraged me to stand for the Council in the first place and I will be forever grateful for his encouragement and support. He has been a diligent and hard working Deputy in close touch with the residents and businesses of the Ward”
Deputy Peter Dunphy CC
In response to the death of George Floyd, the City of London Corporation has today (4 June) published the following joint statement.
We are shocked and saddened by the senseless death of George Floyd.
The City of London Corporation is committed to equality, inclusivity and diversity and we stand in solidarity with BAME colleagues and communities.
We understand it is not enough to say we are against racism but we have to work to eradicate all forms of racism in all that we do.
This is why we have signed the Race at Work Charter and we aim to be a leader in diversity and reflect the communities we serve across London and the UK.
We pledge to fulfil our responsibility to create a fair and inclusive society.
Black Lives Matter.
Lord Mayor of London William Russell
Policy Chair Catherine McGuinness
Establishment Committee Chair Edward Lord
Police Authority Board Chairman James Thomson
Dear Business Owner,
We hope you are keeping safe and well in these difficult times. We are all in a very different environment both in terms of work and home life. It is extremely important to us that our businesses have the right information at the right time, which is why we are writing to you.
Preparations are underway to assist with the economic recovery of the City. We are working closely with the government, the Mayor of London, London Boroughs, Transport for London and major business organisations, to prepare for a further gradual relaxation of the lockdown measures in the City.
We know how important it is for businesses to be confident that their employees and customers will be able to travel into and around the City safely. We are looking at options to increase space available to assist with social distancing measures, advice for queues management for shops, and how to accommodate and increase in the number of people who choose to cycle.
Central Government has published guidance on how to maintain safety in the workplace, including offices. For those properties where we are the landlord, we are in discussions with managing agents and tenants about the safe use of the buildings. We do not anticipate an immediate return to normal, with large numbers of people returning to the City as the lockdown restrictions are lifted, and encourage businesses to think about how they can continue to operate with fewer people in the workplace and stagger journeys to and from work.
Central Government has provided consolidated information to support business in response to this pandemic. This information can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/financial-support-for-businesses-during-coronavirus-covid-19#support-for-businesses-that-pay-business-rates. However, as the situation progresses the City is are becoming increasingly aware of businesses/sectors that are not provided for within pre-existing schemes. We continue to raise these concerns with Central Government and would like to encourage you to contact your local Common Councillors with any matters we may usefully bring forward in these discussions. You can find the details of your local Common Councillors and Ward Aldermen here: http://democracy.cityoflondon.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1
Based on guidance from Central Government, the City Revenues Team has now awarded the 100% retail relief to those occupied properties that are eligible to receive the Enhanced Retail Relief and Small Business Rates Relief in the 2020/21 financial year. We continue to make business rate grant payments to all eligible businesses and we have now paid around 90% of the money allocated to us by government. Revised bills showing the adjustment have been issued. More information, including information for Serviced Offices and how to contact the team, can be found on our Business Rates webpage: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/business-rates/Pages/default.aspx
We will be providing updates and information on our plans for the City on our dedicated COVID-19 Advice for Businesses website https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/support-promotion-and-advice/Pages/covid-19-advice-for-businesses.aspx and via social media @cityoflondon. Our website features a range of information on topics such as latest government advice, business grants schemes and updates on support offered by the City of London Corporation. It also provides links to related areas such as parking for key and non-key workers, and other helpful advice and information from Business and Trade Associations.
The City of London Corporation will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops and as we move through a relaxation of the lockdown.
Alderman William Russell, The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor
Catherine McGuinness, Chair of Policy & Resources
Peter Dunphy, Councillor for Cornhill and member of the City’s Planning & Transportation Committee introduces us to a new plan for business co-operation in Cornhill.
The Western part of Cornhill is already covered by a successful Business Improvement District – the Cheapside Business Alliance. This includes the area west of Finch Lane, the whole of the Royal Exchange complex stretching as far as St. Pauls. There is now a plan to develop a BID in the rest of the Ward including Old Broad Street, Threadneedle Street, Bishopsgate and Gracechurch Street and Cornhill itself. These will be joined with the whole of the ‘Eastern Cluster’ area of tall buildings, Leadenhall Market, Monument and as far as Fenchurch Street station.
The intention would be for businesses, developers and the city of London to work together to enhance the public realm within the area to include streets and walkways enhancements, work to improve air quality and organise events to improve the experience of workers, visitors and residents. Importantly the partnership would provide the area with a combined voice when discussing important matters with the local authority and other public sector bodies.
Key objectives for the area will look to focus on the following:
- Future attractiveness and competitiveness
- Smarter City
All businesses in the area will be consulted on the plan and invited to participate in a ballot. If approved the partnership is funded by a small levy on business rates. Discussions are at an early stage – including relating to precise boundaries, funding and even the name. any suggestions are welcomed and I will keep you updated on developments in the newsletter, the website and twitter (@cornhillward).