The Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme closed on the 31 May 2021 and we are unable to accept any new applications for this scheme. Businesses can still apply for a Restart Grant until 30 June 2021.
For more information or to apply for restart grant please access the below.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)
Government announced Local Restrictions Support Grants for businesses who have been impacted by the Local Restrictions put in place in response to the Pandemic. This includes the National Lockdown periods and the Tiers in place before and after this.
In the budget on 3 March 2021 the chancellor announced that the existing local restrictions and lockdown grants would end from 31 March 2021, to be replaced by new restart grants payable from April 2021.
Therefore it is important that any business required to close by the restrictions put in place to help control the virus that has not applied for the Local Restriction Grant do so as soon as possible.
From 1 April 2021 we will not be able to accept new applications for grants relating to closure periods before 16 February 2021 and from 1 June 2021 we will not be able to accept applications for all closure periods from 16 February to 31 March 2021.
Eligible businesses must occupy properties appearing on the rating list and be registered to pay business rates.
Local Restrictions Support Grant for Closed Businesses (LRSG Closed)
This grant is for businesses required to be closed while tier restrictions are in place.
Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. These businesses may be eligible for a discretionary additional restrictions grant (ARG).
Any businesses that have not yet claimed for the national lockdown period from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 need to do so as soon as possible as applications for this period close on 31 March 2021.
The amount of grant that can be paid for that period is:
- £1,344 for Rateable Values up to £15,000
- £2,000 for Rateable Values between £15,000 and £51,000
- £3,000 for Rateable Value £51,000 or over
For the lockdown period from 5 January 2021 to 16 February 2021 the amount of grant that can be paid per 14 day period is -
- £667 for Rateable Values up to and including £15,000
- £1000 for Rateable Values over £15,000 and less than £51,000
- £1500 for Rateable Values £51,000 or over
Applications for grants that cover this period close on 31 March 2021.
For the period from 16 February 2021 to the end of the financial year 31 March 2021, a period of 44 days, the amount of grant that can be paid to eligible businesses are:
- £2,096 for the 44 day period for Rateable Values up to and including £15,000
- £3,142 for the 44 day period for Rateable values over £15,000 and less than £51,000
- £4,714 for the 44 day period for Rateable Values of £51,000 or over.
Applications for this period close on 31 May 2021.
Any businesses that have not yet claimed for the national lockdown period from 05 January 2021 to 31 March 2021 need to do so as soon as possible.
Local Restrictions Support Grant Sector – for businesses subject to national closure requirements since 23 March 2020
This grant is payable to businesses that have been required to remain closed since 23 March 2020 such as nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues. The introduction of grants for these businesses will come into effect from 1 November 2020. Closure periods for these businesses will run from this date and will not be back-dated further.
Eligible business premises on the ratings list that have been subject to national closures since 23 March 2020 will receive for each closure period from 1 November 2020 -
- £667 per 14-day period for rateable values of £15,000 or less
- £1,000 per 14-day period for rateable values between £15,000 and £51,000
- £1,500 per 14-day period for rateable values of £51,000 or above.
You can find the rateable value of your premises on your latest business rates bill.
Applications for this grant close on 31 March 2021.
Where a business has had a change and are no longer eligible for the grant, they must report this to the Business Rates Team using email@example.com
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 trading prior to 01 April 2021 to claim a national lockdown closed grant.
- Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of restrictions and business closures regulations came into force, 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.
- In cases where it was factually clear to the Local Authority at the commencement of the restriction period 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.
- Where a business has had a change and are no longer eligible for the grant, they must report this to the Business Rates Team using firstname.lastname@example.org
- It is the responsibility of the business to report changes which may affect their grant eligibility.
- Covid-19 Business Support Grants are subject to tax and should be included in businesses tax returns to HMRC.
- Subject to State Subsidy 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 Subsidy 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.