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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Local Restriction Support Grant queries

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.     Which business are eligible for this grant?

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by Government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.
 

2.     Which business are excluded?

  • 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, are also excluded
     
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant
     
  • 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.

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.
 

3.     How much will a business received?

It depends on the rateable value of the business - there are three payment levels:

  • Level 1: Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
     
  • Level 2: Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the widespread national restrictions will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period
     
  • Level 3: Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
     

4.     When will a business receive the funds?

The Council will provide local businesses with grant funding within 28 days of being eligible for each payment cycle, but is aiming to provide this funding sooner than this deadline.

5.     How does a business apply?

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6.     How long will a business receive the money for?

This funding will be provided on a rolling 28-day basis for as long as national restrictions apply - the first payment will be for the period 5.11.20 to 2.12.20.
 

7.     Who receives the funding?

The person who according to the billing authority's records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the date of the first full day of local restrictions is eligible for the grant. Where the Council has reason to believe that the information that they hold about the ratepayer on the first full day of the local restrictions is inaccurate they may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer. The grant is for the ratepayer and may be liable for recovery if the recipient was not the ratepayer on the eligible day.
 

8.     Tax and Fraud items

Businesses will need to notify the Council if they no longer meet the eligibility criteria for additional grants at any point in any local restrictions period. For example, if they become insolvent. Will these grant schemes be subject to tax?

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

 

You can read more information relating to COVID19 and businesses here.