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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 Restrictions Support Grant (closed) 3 December onwards

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) will support businesses that pay business rates on their premises, who have been forced to close under Tier 2 restrictions. Under Tier 2 most businesses can continue to trade in a Covid-secure manner, however, pubs and bars which cannot operate as a restaurant are legally required to close.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates
  • Has been required to close under Tier 2 restrictions because it is a pub or bar which cannot operate as a restaurant.

There are 3 tiers of funding available. Businesses will receive one of the following tiers of grant, for every 14 days of closure, depending on the rateable value of your premises:

  • £667 for each 14-day period you are forced to be closed, for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.
  • £1,000 for each 14-day period you are forced to be closed, for businesses with a rateable value greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000.
  • £1,500 for each 14-day period you are forced to be closed, for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above.

West Berkshire Council will be administering the grants from 14 December. Please apply as soon as possible so that we can arrange payment quickly.

To apply, please doc icon complete this form [24kb] and return to: BRatesgrants@westberks.gov.uk