Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Covid 19 Business Support Schemes

Local Restrictions Support Grant Tier 3

Local Restrictions Support Grant- TIER 3

Effective Dates - 17th October 2020 - 4th November 2020 and from 3rd December 2020.

This grant funding is aimed at business in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors only.

Please DO NOT apply for the Tier 3 funding if your business is not listed.

Who is it for?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) supports businesses that were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then required to close due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government (Tier 3). Payment will be made based on each full 14-day closure period.

If your business has subsequently provided an alternative service you may still be eligible as it has been required to close the part of the business that provides its main service. 

Your business may be eligible if it occupies a property on the Valuation Office ratings list as at 16th October 2020

For the period 17th October 2020 - 4th November 2020 the following types of business may qualify:

  • Bars and pubs
  • Licensed clubs
  • Bingo halls,
  • Bookmakers/betting shops
  • Car boot sales
  • Soft play areas
  • Adult gaming centres (amusement arcades)

From the 3rd December in addition to the businesses detailed above the following businesses may qualify

  • Cafes and Restaurants
  • Hotels, B&Bs, Campsites, and Guest Houses
  • Bowling Alleys
  • Skating Rinks
  • Laser Quests and Escape Rooms
  • Cinemas, Theatres and Concert Halls
  • Snooker Halls

How much is the grant?

  • Rateable value of £15,000 or less - £667 for each 14-day restriction period
  • Rateable value between £15,001 and £51,000 - £1,000 for each 14-day restriction period
  • Rateable value of £51,001 or more - £1,500 for each 14-day restriction period.

If you feel your business meets the above criteria then please submit your application without delay.

How to Apply?

Before you apply, you must have the following information available to complete your application:

  • Your 8 digit Business Rates reference. This begins with a 5 or 6 and can be found on your latest Business Rates bill or letter.
  • VAT registration number (if applicable)
  • UTR number (if applicable)
  • Company registration number (if applicable)
  • Charity registration number (if applicable)
  • Bank Details

Application Form Tier 3 Local Restrictions Support Grant

 

State Aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

Payments made will be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold.

Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached will be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

Businesses that have 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.

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments.

Any payment made as a result of fraud will be subject to claw back.

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud – and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.