The Local Restrictions Support Grant is available to those businesses there are required to close from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 due to national lockdown. This includes -
- non-essential retail
- personal care
- sports facilities
- hospitality businesses
Eligible businesses must occupy properties appearing on the rating list and be registered to pay business rates.
Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. These businesses can claim a discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).
Grant amounts available
The amount you get depends on the rateable value of your premises. The payments are made every four weeks.
|Rateable value of premises||Grant payment per four weeks|
|£15000 or under||£1334|
|£15001 to £50999||£2000|
|£51000 or over||£3000|
You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill.
You can apply for this grant using the below form -
Conditions for applications
- Any grants paid in error or due to the provision of false information by the claimant are to be repaid to the Council. The Council will take recovery action again the business concerned including action through the Courts if required.
- Businesses must have been open and trading prior to 05 November 2020 to claim a grant.
- Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of national restrictions and business closures regulations came into force (05 November 2020), including changes which have been backdated to this date, will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.
- Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the date that restrictions began (05 November 2020).
- In cases where it was factually clear to the Local Authority on the restriction date (05 November 2020) that the rating list was inaccurate on that date, Local Authorities may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on their view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. This is entirely at the discretion of the Local Authority and only intended to prevent manifest errors.
- Covid-19 Business Support Grants are subject to tax and should be included in businesses tax returns to HMRC.
- Subject to State aid limits, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible hereditament (property) within the restricted area. So businesses can receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament / property.
- 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 cannot receive a grant.
- For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.