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Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED BUSINESSES).

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 the National Lockdown from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020. This grant will also cover Businesses required to close due to Local COVID Alert Level: Very High (Tier 3) restrictions from 2 December.

Applicants only need to apply once. We will use the information from your original application to assess you for a further grant; as long as you continue to meet the criteria we will automatically pay a grant for each 14 day period while we remain in Tier 3.

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 www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#very-high-alert

  • Businesses mandated to close during National Lockdown 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

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 one lump sum payment for the period 5 November 2020 to 1 December 2020. Businesses qualifying for the grant in tier 3 will receive payments on a 14 day payment cycle for as long as restrictions apply. Payment amounts will be as follows:

a. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £667 for each qualifying 14 day period.

b. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 will receive a payment of £1,000 for each qualifying 14 day period.

 c. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the rating list with a rateable value of £51,000 or above will receive a payment of £1,500 for each qualifying 14 day period.

Specific businesses subject to national closures since 23 March 2020 (e.g. Nightclubs) are eligible to claim this grant whilst national restrictions are in place. These businesses will receive a pro rata payment under the Local Restrictions Support Grants (Sector) scheme from 1 November 2020 to 4 November 2020, and then payments as listed above per each qualifying 14 day period. These payments will be assessed along with the Local Restrictions Support Grant (CLOSED BUSINESSES), and a separate application does not have to be made.

Further information can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

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

Further information regarding Grants