Financial support during local and national restrictions

If your business was required to close during Tier 3 and national restrictions, you can check if you're eligible and apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Applications for the Discretionary Grant Scheme will open soon.

Support for businesses and employers

1. Local Restrictions Support Grant for Tier 3 restrictions

Applying for the Local Restrictions Support Grant

If your business closed because of Tier 3 restrictions, you'll continue to receive payments during the national restrictions if your business is still closed.

This information is based on government guidance and may be subject to change.

Businesses that were required to close from 22 October 2020 under local Tier 3 restrictions are eligible to receive funding until the start of national restrictions on 5 November 2020.

If your business is required to be closed under the national restrictions we'll process your grant payment for the four week national restrictions period. You do not need to complete the Tier 3 restrictions form and the national restrictions form.

Businesses will receive grant funding in 2 week payment cycles starting from 22 October 2020. Businesses must be closed for the whole of the 2 week payment cycle to be eligible.

Eligible businesses

Only businesses that appear on the rating list and are liable for business rates with a registered ratepayer are eligible.

Businesses that are required to close under Tier 3 restrictions are:

  • pubs and bars that are not serving substantial meals. This means meals served at a table or counter as a main course or main midday or evening meal
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • betting shops
  • adult gaming centres
  • soft play centres and areas

Businesses such as sports facilities that are required to remain open for disabled sports, but would otherwise be closed, will be eligible for this funding.

How much businesses will receive

Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or under on the commencement date of local restrictions will receive a payment of £667 per 14 day restriction period.

Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the commencement date of local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14 day restriction period.

Businesses occupying premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or above on the commencement date of local restrictions will receive a payment of £1,500 per 14 day restriction period.

The payment that businesses will receive will be equivalent to the number of days that the business was closed.

Any changes to the rateable value or to the premises after 22 October, including changes which have been backdated to this date, will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Businesses are responsible for informing the council if their circumstances change, or if they become ineligible for the grant, for example if the business becomes insolvent.

Subject to State Aid limits, businesses will be entitled to receive a grant for each eligible premises within the restriction area. Some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible premises.

If your claim is successful you'll be paid automatically for each period, so you should not have to keep submitting claims.

Tax

Grant income received by a business is taxable. Businesses will need to include the Local Restrictions Support Grant as income on their tax return.

Only businesses that make an overall profit, including grant income will be subject to tax.

Businesses that are not eligible

Businesses that closed after 22 October 2020 will not be eligible for this grant but will be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant for national restrictions.

Businesses that are not eligible include:

  • businesses subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than two weeks
  • businesses that are closed for less than two weeks
  • businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services and can operate remotely
  • businesses who have chosen to close but have not been required to close
  • businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum level of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and The COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where striking off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown

Who will receive the funding

The person who according to the council’s records was the Business Rates payer for the premises on 22 October 2020 will receive the grant.

If we have reason to believe that the information we hold about the Business Rates payer on 22 October 2020 is not accurate, then we may withhold or recover the grant and we'll take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer.

We'll recover any grants that are paid to a business who was not the Business Rates payer on 22 October 2020.

If the application is unsuccessful

If the application is unsuccessful, businesses will receive an email with information about the next steps. Businesses that are unsuccessful can appeal.

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant

You can also GOV.UK to find out what financial support you can get if your business has closed because of coronavirus restrictions.

State Aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, nonetheless under the Withdrawal Agreement the State aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission. The Local Authority must be satisfied that all State aid requirements have been fully met and complied with when making grant payments, including, where required, compliance with all relevant conditions of the EU State aid de minimis regulation, the EU Commission Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak, the approved COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities, and any relevant reporting requirements to the EU Commission.

Payments made can be provided under the existing de minimis rules, to any one organisation over a three fiscal year period, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold. Payments made where the de minimis threshold has been reached should be paid under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

The amended Temporary Framework enables EU Member States to give up to the nominal value of €800,000 per company. This can be combined also with so-called de minimis aid (to bring the aid per company to up to €1 million) and with other specific types of aid. Any business that has reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.