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Local Restrictions Support Grant - Closed Businesses

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We have now opened the Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses that have not previously been contacted by us with an invitation.

Please note, to be eligible for a grant payment under this scheme you must be a business rate payer and your business must be legally required to close as part of the national lockdown restrictions.

 

On Wednesday 9th September, the Government announced there would be further funding to support businesses that are legally required to close due to restrictions being put in place to manage Coronavirus and save lives.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant supports businesses that pay business rates on their premises, that were open as usual and providing in-person services customers, but have subsequently been required to close due to local or national lockdown restrictions imposed by government.

Please note, this page will be updated if new information or guidance is issued by the Government or if the eligibility criteria or entitlements for the scheme changes.

What support is available?

A cash grant will be made available to businesses according to their rateable value:

  • For premises with a rateable value of £15,000 or less: £1,334
  • For premises with a rateable value greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000: £2,000
  • For premises with a rateable value of £51,000 or more: £3,000

During the current national lockdown, payments are made for each 28 day qualifying period of closure.  

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Who is eligible?

You must be an existing business rate payer in order to be eligible for this scheme.

Your business must have been registered with the Local Authority and trading on or before November 4th, 2020.

Eligible businesses are those that have been mandated to close by government under the National lockdown restrictions and include:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Sports facilities
  • Hospitality businesses

There are some exceptions to this list and further details regarding which businesses are legally required to close is available from the gov.uk website.

You must also have been trading normally prior to the introduction of national restrictions and offering in-person services from your business premises.

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Who is not eligible?

You will not be eligible if:

  • You do not pay business rates (a second scheme will be launched for such businesses shortly)
  • Your business is able to continue trading and operate services effectively remotely (such as accountants, solicitors, takeaways)
  • Your business is outside of the scope defined by government and not legally required to close - See www.gov.uk for more details
  • Your business has chosen to close, but is not specifically required to
  • You have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid
  • Your business is in administration, insolvent, dormant or where a striking off notice has been made

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Who receives the grant?

The grant will be paid to the person who was registered with Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council as the ratepayer on November 4th, 2020.

If you make an application, a grant is paid and you are subsequently found not to be the actual ratepayer (on November 4th, 2020) you will be liable for recovery of any payments made.

If the details the Council hold are incorrect, grant payments may be delayed whilst we establish who the correct rate payer is.

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Are grants taxable?

Yes.  Grant income received by a business is taxable and the Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

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How do I apply?

We have already emailed businesses who successfully applied for a business support grant during the first lockdown period that we believe may be eligible for support under the Local Restrictions Grant scheme.  For these businesses, a shortened application process is available and details are contained within the email.

It is important that you check the eligibility criteria before you apply.  If your business does not meet those criteria, a grant will not be paid.  

As part of your application you will need to provide evidence of your business bank account details; a statement which is less than three months old and clearly shows your business name (or the name of the registered rate payer), address and account details.  We cannot accept photographs of debit cards, statements from personal savings accounts, mini-statements from cash machines or screenshots/photographs of online banking summaries.

You will also need your Business Rates Account Number as shown on your bill.  This is 8 or 9 digits long and begins with a 6.  Your application cannot be processed without this.

>>Click Here To Apply<<

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If I'm not eligible, what other support is available?

The government has announced a number of other support schemes that will allow us to support some businesses that have not been forced to close due to local or national restrictions, but have been adversely affected.

The Council is currently preparing these schemes and more information will be available from our website shortly.

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Can I speak to someone about the grants?

At the moment, the Business Support team are concentrating on preparing the various schemes and for those that have already opened, ensuring we pay businesses promptly.

The team won't be able to give you any more information about the grant schemes than what is currently on the website.  We intend to release information and open schemes for applications as quickly as possible. 

If you've applied already, we will also ensure that we keep you informed of progress.

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Will my data be shared?

The information you submit will be processed by Newcastle under Lyme Borough Council.  However, we will carry out checks with or provide information to:

  • The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
  • Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • The National Anti-Fraud Network
  • The National Investigation Service
  • The National Fraud Initiative

Unless listed above, we will not share your data with other organisations or individuals outside of the Council, unless we are required to by law.

We will provide information to HMRC because grant payments are subject to Tax. 

Data is shared with fraud agencies as part of the Council's pre and post payment checks, as required by law.

If you wish to request any changes to the way your data is used for the purposes of processing your application, including the withdrawal of consent, you can exercise your rights under GDPR by writing to the Council’s Data Protection Officer or by emailing dataprotection@newcastle-staffs.gov.uk.

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Last Updated: 11/11/2020

 

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