UPDATED ON 19 FBERUARY AT 10:26 closed
If you have received funding for the November lockdown grant, the councils’ business rates team will automatically process this payment for your business.
The scheme is aimed at businesses operating in the non-essential retail, personal care, sports facilities, hospitality and leisure sectors that are registered for business rates and have been mandated to close under Government restrictions.
Our business rates team will be in touch with eligible businesses by email in the coming days to confirm the payment process. We must stress that there are currently no actions that eligible businesses need to take.
All eligible businesses should receive an email by the end of February.
Emails regarding automatic payments
Emails to eligible businesses from our business rates team will be sent as an encrypted email, from Forcepoint. Please note that this is not a phishing email – it has been encrypted for security purposes. The attachment to this email is legitimate and safe to open and businesses will need to open this to accept their grant offer.
Below is an screenshot of the email that eligible businesses should receive:
If you believe you may be eligible and you have not received an email by then, or you did not apply for the November lockdown grant, you will need to complete an application form by clicking on the appropriate link below:
On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced that from 5 January 2021, England would enter into a period of national restrictions to manage the spread of COVID-19.
The Closed Business Lockdown Payment provides a one-off payment to businesses that pay business rates and were forced to close due to the national restrictions. This grant is in addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum.
Eligible businesses must have been trading the day before national restrictions came into force to be eligible to receive funding under this scheme.
- If your business has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or less, you may be eligible for a cash grant of £4,000
- Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 may be eligible for a cash grant of £6,000
- Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or above may be eligible for a cash grant of £9,000
- Non-essential retail, personal care, sports facilities, hospitality and leisure businesses that pay business rates and have been ordered to close due to the national restrictions
- If a business is required to close its main, in-person service but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive grants under this scheme
because its substantive business must close
Who is ineligible for funding?
- Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not
depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate
their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)
- Those that have chosen to close but have not been required to
- Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made
Businesses can read the official government guidance here.