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Additional Restrictions Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

On 31 October 2020, the Government announced the introduction of additional support for Local Authorities under national and Local Covid Alert Level 3 restrictions. This support will take the form of a funding scheme in Financial Year 2020-2021 and can be used across Financial Years 20/21 and 21/22. The scheme is called the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) and is administered by business rate billing authorities in England.

Under the Additional Restrictions Grant, the council received a one-off lump sum payment amounting to £20 per head of population as national restrictions were imposed on 5 November.

This council will take a phased approach to the allocation of these funds with the Phase 1 providing urgently needed support to businesses that are seriously impacted by the national lockdown but do not qualify for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).

Phase 1 Additional Restrictions Grant will therefore be paid to:

  • Businesses trading on 4 November from commercial premises for which they are not the direct ratepayer (e.g. shared spaces or premises under a paramount control of another party) will receive a payment of £1,334 in respect of the 28-day period commencing 5 November.
  • Businesses which, while not legally forced to close, are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place. This will include businesses registered for business rates which supply the retail, hospitality, personal care and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector. Where such trade represents more than 50% of the expected business with a closed organisation, grants will be paid for the 28-day period commencing 5 November at a similar rate to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
  • Non-ratepayers occupying commercial premises will receive £1,334  

  • Rateable value up to £15,000 will receive £1,334  

  • Rateable value from £15,001 up to £50,999 will receive £2,000  

  • Rateable value over £51,000 will receive £3,000  

  • Market Traders within the council’s area, who are not able to trade, due to the nature of their business or the closure of the premises from which they trade, will receive £1,334 for the 28-day period commencing 5 November. 
  • Bed & Breakfast businesses which are liable for council tax rather than business rates  

    No grant is payable in respect of individuals or organisations who operate from domestic premises. This includes Houses of Multiple Occupation. 

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. 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 eligible, you will be liable to repay the grant in full. The Local Authority will take further action to recover the grant if needed.

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.