The Government has announced a new national lockdown for England which began on 5 November 2020. As part of this lockdown all non-essential retail, leisure, hospitality, entertainment and personal care businesses must close. Non-essential retail businesses can provide click-and-collect services while restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars can provide take-away services.
Local Restrictions Support Grant
Those businesses in the above categories that were on the ratings list on 5 November will be entitled to receive grant support under the new Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme as long as they were:
- open as usual
- providing in-person services to customers from their business premises
and were then required to close. This includes businesses that choose to operate as a takeaway or click-and-collect service, or to offer online ordering with delivery services, as these businesses are still deemed to be ‘closed’, because their substantive business has had to close. Businesses that were already substantially operating as take-aways can continue to operate and will not be eligible for the grant.
The following grants will be payable for the 28-day period beginning 5 November and ending 2 December.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000.
- Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above will receive £3,000.
Businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible hereditament.
These grants will be subject to tax.
In order to access the grant you will need to register to confirm your details and that your business is eligible.
The Government has stated that payments must be made within 28 days of the beginning of the lockdown period – i.e. by 2 December. However, the Council will seek to make the payments within two weeks of your registration, once all reasonable steps have been taken to ensure that our records are correct.
Businesses closed under previous national lockdowns and are still closed
Businesses that were required to close on 23 March and have remained closed since (such as nightclubs) are entitled to receive the same payments. However, those businesses in this category that were trading on 23 March 2020 and were on the ratings list at 1 November will receive an additional pro rata payment to cover the period 1-4 November. Payments to these businesses apply from 1 November and cannot be backdated.
Business that are not eligible to receive payments under the local restrictions support grant scheme
The following business are not eligible and will not receive an automatic payment:
- 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 in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by Government
- Businesses that have not been required to close but have chosen to do so
- Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis rules and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
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.
Alongside the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, the Government has made further funding available that can be used to support businesses at the Council’s discretion. This will be used to support businesses which are not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme, but which have significant business costs and have suffered loss of business as a result of the lockdown restrictions. Other forms of support may also be available through this scheme to all businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for these Local Restrictions Discretionary Grants are open now.