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Local Restrictions Support Grant

This is known as Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum and is for businesses closed from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December.

This came into effect from 00:01 on Thursday 5 November 2020.

To qualify for this grant, your business must have been:

  • open as usual before the restriction
  • required to close due to new national restrictions imposed by government
  • paying business rates for the premises

Businesses required to close under national restrictions

  • Non-essential retail, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. Click and collect and delivery services can continue.
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs etc with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (after 5am and before 10pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery (after 10pm and before 5am).
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites for leisure but they may remain open in limited circumstances such as where they are someone’s main residence.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, golf courses and fitness studios.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries. Note: outdoor grounds of some venues can stay open.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Other services such as tattoo parlours and piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people’s homes.
  • Community centres must also close except for a limited number of exempt activities.
  • Casinos, Bingo Halls, Betting Shops, Adult Gaming Centres and Soft Play Centres.
  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

How much will businesses receive?

The value of the grant awarded will depend on the rateable value (RV) of the business premises although there is some discretionary funding available to support those not in the business rates system.

We'll update this webpage with more details when they are available. You can find and check your business rates valuation with the Valuation Office Agency.

Grant payments for businesses forced to close on a national basis

Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying period
  • over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying period
  • exactly £51,000 or above, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying period

Once live, these grants will be issued per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

Exclusions to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

Businesses not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum are those which:

  • can continue to trade
  • have chosen to close but not been required to
  • have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimise and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions

How to apply

You will need the following.

  • A copy of your most recent business bank statement. This must be dated within the last three months and the same account that you expect the grant to be paid into. It will be used to validate your account details and address
  • Your business rates bill number. This can be found on your bill. For easy access to your bill in future, please register for paperless billing. This means you can easily find and store your bill and still have the option to print it or forward a copy to someone if you need to.
  • Your company number. If your business is registered with Companies House, you must provide your company number. You can check this on your certificate of incorporation or find a company number online.

Apply for a Local Restrictions support grant​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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