UPDATED ON 19 APRIL AT 15:58 addendum
The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum provides financial support to businesses that pay business rates and were mandated to close due to the national lockdown.
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.
Payments for this scheme are being automatically processed by the councils’ business rates team wherever possible.
Second payment cycle: 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 (44 day period): If you have received funding for the first payment cycle (5 January – 15 February 2021), the councils’ business rates team will automatically process this payment for your business.
If you believe your business is eligible for this scheme and you have not received an automatic payment, or you did not apply for the first payment cycle, you will need to complete an application form by clicking on the appropriate link below:
This scheme will close for applications on 31 May 2021. The final payment date will be 30 June 2021.
16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 (44 day period):
- Businesses with a rateable value £15,000 or less may be eligible for £2,096
- Businesses with a rateable value over £15,000, but less than £51,000, may be eligible for £3,143
- Businesses with a rateable value £51,000 or above may be eligible for £4,714
For the payment period from 16 February, our business rates team will be in touch with eligible businesses by email in the coming days to confirm the payment process. We stress that there are currently no actions that eligible businesses need to take.
- Non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses that pay business rates are eligible for this scheme
- 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 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.
Emails regarding automatic payments addendum
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: