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Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED BUSINESSES).

On Saturday 31 October 2020 the Government announced further support for businesses that were mandated to close from 5 November as a consequence of national restrictions.

 

On Monday 23 November, the Government’s COVID-19 Winter Plan was published, with changes announced to the Tier system to commence from 2 December 2020

For a business to qualify for a Local Restriction Support Grant, it must have been required by the Government to close during periods of National Lockdown. This grant will also cover Businesses required to close due to Tier 3 and Tier 4 restrictions from 2 December.

Applicants only need to apply once. We will use the information from your original application to assess you for any further grant; as long as you continue to meet the criteria we will automatically pay a grant for each 14 day period dependant on which restriction period we are in (National, Tier 3, Tier 4 etc)

Businesses mandated to close during National Lockdown and in Tier 3, and eligible for this grant are:

  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Indoor entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres

 

Further information can be found at

Very high alert

Businesses mandated to close during National Lockdown and Tier 4, and eligible for this grant are:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours; body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have access at home - and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

 

Further information can be found at

Closing certain business and venues

 

Only businesses mandated to close will be eligible to claim this grant. Exclusions to Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED BUSINESSES) are:

  • Businesses that have chosen to close but have not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
  • Businesses that have been mandated to close but have continued to trade

Only businesses which are listed on our business rates system (and have a business rates account number) will be eligible to apply. You must be the registered ratepayer on our business rate system on the date of the first full day of local restrictions. The business must have been trading the day before restrictions came into force.

If you claim this grant and it becomes clear at a later date you were not the ratepayer on the eligible day, you will be liable to repay the grant in full. The Local Authority will take further action to recover the grant if needed.

Businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament within the restriction area. A separate application needs to be made for each qualifying hereditament.

 

Grant payments will be made as follows:

 

National Restrictions 05/11/2020 - 01/12/2020

Tier 3

02/12/2020 - 30/12/2020

Tier 4

31/12/2020 - 04/01/2021

National Restrictions

05/01/2021 - 15/02/2021

(includes one off Closed Business Lockdown Payment)

National Restrictions

16/02/2021 - 31/03/2021

Rateable Value 15,000 or less

£1,334.00

£1,381.64

£238.21

£6,001.00

£2,096.00

Rateable Value 15,001 to 50,999

£2,000.00

£2,071.42

£357.14

£9,000.00

£3,143.00

Rateable Value 51,000 and above

£3,000.00

£3,107.14

£535.71

£13,500.00

£4,714.00