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A ban on landlords evicting small businesses like shops and bars triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic last year looks set to be extended into 2022.

The block on commercial evictions, which stops landlords from taking tenants with rent arrears to court, had been due to end on June 30.

But according to reports in the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, the Treasury is prepared to scrap the deadline and not impose another until the new year.

It comes after UK Hospitality and the British Retail Consortium sounded the alarm over a combined £5bn in rent debt across both sectors.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson extended the remaining lockdown restrictions until at least July 19 amid concerns over the spread of the Delta variant, which was first identified in India.

More than 1,100 UK nightclubs remain unable to reopen, while thousands more hospitality and leisure firms have seen trading constrained by virus curbs.

Hospitality leaders had called on the government to extend the current rent moratorium and provide further financial support.

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Data for the first quarter of 2021 has revealed that only 74% of rent was collected by landlords 60 days following the end of the period after tenants were battered by the pandemic.

Helen Dickinson, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, welcomed the news, adding that while most retailers had reached an agreement over rent, some two thirds would face threats of legal action from landlords if protections were lifted.

Hospitality, leisure and retail operators have also benefited from a business rates holiday since the start of the crisis.

However, the Treasury is expected to continue with plans to change this to a 66% discount with a £2 million cap from the start of next month.

The government is also not expected to alter planned changes to the furlough scheme following the delay.

Currently, the state will cover 80% of wages until the end of this month, with this tapering to a 70% subsidy next month with at least 10% covered by employers, and reducing until it is removed at the end of September.