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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 - all periods

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports rate-paying businesses that have been forced to close due to national or local restrictions.

It is broken down into the following time periods:

  • 5 November - 1 December (National Lockdown)
  • 2 December - 18 December (Tier 2) - Only hospitality, accomodation and leisure businesses who were restricted or forced to close will receive a grant for this period.
  • 19 December - 4 January (Tier 4)
  • 5 January onwards - (National Lockdown)

Payments will be made in one lump sum covering all time periods.

If your business has already applied for any period then there is no need to apply or contact us again. You will automatically receive your entitlement for new periods. 

If your business has never applied for the LRSG then please complete the form linked at the bottom of this page which covers all periods.

Payment levels

For each 14-day period that businesses were forced to close prior to 5 January, they will receive one of the following grants: (please note these amounts will be made pro-rata to include days of closure over the 14-day payment cycles)

  • £667 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £1,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £1,500 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

For the 42-day period that business are forced to close from 5 January onwards, the following payments will be made:

  • £2,001 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £4,500 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

New National Lockdown Payment

In addition to the payments shown above, all recipients of the LRSG will also receive a one-off lump sum to support them through the new national lockdown.

We will administer this automatically with your LRSG entitlement so there is no need to apply.

Business will receive one of the following payments:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Local Restrictions Support Grant (open)

Hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses that were open but affected by the Tier 2 restrictions in West Berkshire from 2 December to 18 December will be eligible for a smaller grant covering that period.

Eligible businesses will receive one of the following payments:

  • £467 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or less
  • £700 for businesses with a rateable value greater than £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • £1,050 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above

Eligible businesses will be contacted about this grant and will receive it in addition to their LRSG entitlement.


We are currently administering these grants amid a high level of correspondence and will get payment to you shortly. If you have not already applied, please do so as soon as possible so that we can arrange a payment. 

doc icon Local Restrictions Support Grant application form – all periods [24kb]

Please return to: BRatesgrants@westberks.gov.uk