Local Restrictions Support Grants

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The Government has introduced Local Restrictions Support Grants to help businesses within the Business Rates System that have been legally required to close or can remain open but are directly affected by restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus. 

Businesses who have already applied for LRSG whilst in Tier 3 or Tier 4 do not need to reapply now we are in a national lockdown. We are awaiting further government guidance and in the process of identifying eligible businesses so we can automatically process payments.

Previous versions of the LRSG, such as (open) and (sector) no longer apply. LRSG (closed) is superseded by the LRSG (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4. Businesses are not eligible for multiple versions of the LRSG under Tier 4 restrictions.

If you have not already applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant, you can apply for the LRSG if you are registered for Business Rates

How to apply for a grant?

You only need to apply for the grant once and the council will determine your eligibility under the different variations of the Local Restrictions Support Grant as appropriate.

You will need:

  • A copy of your most recent business bank statement. This must be dated within the last three months and the same account that you expect the grant to be paid into. It will be used to validate your account details and address.
  • Your business rates bill number. This can be found on your bill. If necessary you can request a copy bill. For easy access to your bill in future, please register for paperless billing. This means you can easily find and store your bill and still have the option to print it or forward a copy to someone if you need to.
  • Your company number. If your business is registered with Companies House, you must provide your company number. You can check this on your certificate of incorporation or find a company number online.

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See below for more details on the four different LRSG schemes. Further government guidance on support for businesses affected by coronavirus restrictions can be found on GOV.UK.

Businesses closed due to local tier 4 restrictions from Thursday 31 December 2020 onwards

The Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4 is to help businesses that are registered as liable for business rates and have been legally required to close or can remain open but are directly affected by restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus. 

This came into effect from 00:01 on Thursday 31 December 2020.

Please note that businesses who have already applied for LRSG whilst in Tier 3 do not need to reapply. We are in the process of identifying eligible businesses and automatically processing payment.

Eligibility

Businesses that are eligible are those that have been mandated to close by government and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

Please note that any business required to close the part of its business that provides its main service is eligible for this grant. This is the case even if the business adapts its business model to provide a reduced service, such as takeaways.

Businesses must be closed for the entirety of the 14-day payment cycle to be eligible. If a business is open and then decides to close during a payment cycle, it will only become eligible for a grant when it enters the next 14-day payment cycle.

To qualify for this grant, your business must have been:

  • Paying business rates for the premises
  • Closed due to restrictions under the equivalent of local COVID alert level 4
  • Open as usual before the restrictions and providing in-person services to customers

This new scheme replaces all previous schemes with effect from Thursday 31 December. Customers that have already applied for the LRSG scheme do not need to reapply as they will automatically be considered for this new scheme.

How much will businesses receive?

The value of the grant awarded will depend on the rateable value (RV) of the business premises
Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £667 for the 14-day qualifying period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £1,000 for the 14-day qualifying period
  • Exactly £51,000 or above, will receive £1,500 for the 14-day qualifying period.

Exclusions to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4

Businesses not eligible are any which:

  • Have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • Were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions
  • can conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely
  • have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant

Businesses subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days are not eligible for grant funding.

Businesses closed due to local tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday 2 December 2020 onwards

This is known as Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2. It is for businesses forced to close by GM entering local COVID alert level 3 restrictions from Wednesday 2 December 2020 onwards. The tiers are reviewed by central government on a fortnightly basis and similar grant information will apply if we move into Tier 2.

Businesses which will remain closed under tier 3 restrictions are listed below. Further details can be found on the GOV.UK website, if you scroll down to the business section.

  • Hospitality Settings - bars, café, shisha venues, cafés, restaurants and pubs

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.

  • Accommodation - hotels, bed & breakfasts, campsites, guest houses

There are exemptions in place for the above types of businesses which include those who use the venues as their main residence and where the venue is required for work, education and training.

  • Indoor Entertainment & Tourist Venues - indoor play centres including trampolining parks and soft play, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, laser quests and escape rooms, snooker halls, concert halls, cinemas and theatres
  • Leisure and Sports Facilities – saunas, steam rooms and group exercise classes

Eligibility

Businesses must be closed for the entirety of the 14-day payment cycle to be eligible. If a business is open and then decides to close during a payment cycle, it will only become eligible for a grant when it enters the next 14-day payment cycle.

To qualify for this grant, your business must have been:

  • Paying business rates for the premises
  • Closed due to restrictions under the equivalent of local COVID alert level 3
  • Open as usual before the restrictions and providing in-person services to customers

This new scheme replaces all previous schemes with effect from Wednesday 2 December. Customers that have already applied for the LRSG scheme do not need to reapply as they will automatically be considered for this new scheme.

How much will businesses receive?

The value of the grant awarded will depend on the rateable value (RV) of the business premises
Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £667 for the 14-day qualifying period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £1,000 for the 14-day qualifying period
  • Exactly £51,000 or above, will receive £1,500 for the 14-day qualifying period.

Exclusions to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2

Businesses not eligible are any which:

  • Have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • Were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions
  • 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
  • have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant

Businesses subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days are not eligible for grant funding.

Specific businesses subject to national closures since 23 March 2020 will not be eligible for this funding. They will be provided support through the strand of the LRSG (Sector) - details of this can be found in the blue expandable box on this page with the heading 'Businesses closed due to national restrictions from 23 March 2020'.

From Thursday 31 December 2020 this is replaced by the Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4

Businesses open and directly affected by the tier 3 restrictions from Wednesday 2 December 2020 onwards

This scheme is known as the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and is to support hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses that are not legally required to close but are severely impacted by restrictions from 2 December 2020.

To qualify for this grant, your business must have been:

  • Paying business rates for the premises
  • Affected by restrictions under tiers 2 and 3
  • Open as usual before the restrictions

How much will businesses receive?

The value of the grant awarded will depend on the rateable value (RV) of the business premises.

Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £467 per 14-day qualifying period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £700 per 14-day qualifying period
  • Exactly £51,000 or above, will receive £1,050 per 14-day qualifying period.

Exclusions to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Businesses not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) are any:

  • Not adhering to the requirements of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984; and
  • where there is evidence that they are having a detrimental impact on the city, our residents or our neighborhoods, such as where the council is taking enforcement action against a business for a serious offence
  • which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • which were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions

Businesses closed due to national restrictions from 5 November 2020

This is known as Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum and is for businesses closed from Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December.

This came into effect from 00:01 on Thursday 5 November 2020.

To qualify for this grant, your business must have been:

  • Open as usual before the restrictions;
  • Required to close due to new national restrictions imposed by government;
  • Paying business rates for the premises;

Please note that any business required to close the part of its business that provides its main service is eligible for this grant. This is the case even if the business adapts its business model to provide a reduced service, such as takeaways.

Businesses required to close under national restrictions are:

  • Non-essential retail, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. Click and collect and delivery services can continue.
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs etc with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (after 5am and before 10pm), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery (after 10pm and before 5am)
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites for leisure but they may remain open in limited circumstances such as where they are someone’s main residence.
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, golf courses and fitness studios.
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries. Note: outdoor grounds of some venues can stay open.
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Other services such as tattoo parlours and piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people’s homes
  • Community centres must also close except for a limited number of exempt activities.
  • Casinos, Bingo Halls, Betting Shops, Adult Gaming Centres and Soft Play Centres
  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques, sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

How much will businesses receive?

The value of the grant awarded will depend on the rateable value (RV) of the business premises although there is some discretionary funding available to support those not in the business rates system. We will update this webpage with more details when they are available. You can find and check your business rates valuation with the Valuation Office Agency.

Grant payments for businesses forced to close on a national basis

Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,334 per 28-day qualifying period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £2,000 per 28-day qualifying period
  • Exactly £51,000 or above, will receive £3,000 per 28-day qualifying period.

Once live, these grants will be issued per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

Exclusions to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

Businesses not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum are those which:

  • Can continue to trade;
  • Have chosen to close but not been required to;
  • Have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework;
  • Were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions.

From Wednesday 2 December 2020, this grant will be replaced by LRSG (Closed) Version 2

Businesses closed due to local tier 3 restrictions from 23 October 2020

This is known as Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed).

The government announced this funding for venues forced to close by GM entering local COVID alert level 3 restrictions from 23 October 2020 until 4 November 2020.

This includes pubs or bars not serving meals, casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, adult gaming centres and soft play businesses.

The usual qualifying period is 14 days but payments are being made for businesses affected by the 13-day closure period from 23 October to 4 November.

To qualify for this grant, your business must have been:

  • Paying business rates for the premises
  • Closed due to restrictions under the equivalent of local COVID alert level 3
  • Open as usual before the restrictions

Businesses that are closed from 5 November are eligible for funding under the LRSG (Closed) Addendum scheme.

If the national lockdown ends on 2 December and GM reverts to local COVID alert level 2 or 3 the business of this type that reopens will be eligible under this scheme again.

How much will businesses receive?

The value of the grant awarded will depend on the rateable value (RV) of the business premises
Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £619.36 for the 13-day qualifying period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £928.57 for the 13-day qualifying period
  • Exactly £51,000 or above, will receive £1,392.86 for the 13-day qualifying period.

Exclusions to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Businesses not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) are any which:

  • Have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • Were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions

From Thursday 5 November this is replaced by the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

Businesses directly affected by local tier 2 equivalent restrictions from 5 August 2020

This scheme is known as the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open). It was announced on 22 October 2020 to help kickstart recovery for businesses that are not legally required to close but are severely impacted by restrictions.

The government has recommended this retrospective scheme is for hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast and leisure businesses that were open but affected by GM local covid alert level 2 equivalent restrictions from 5 August 2020.

To qualify for this grant, your business must have been:

  • Paying business rates for the premises
  • Affected by restrictions under tiers 2 and 3
  • Open as usual before the restrictions

How much will businesses receive?

The value of the grant awarded will depend on the rateable value (RV) of the business premises.

Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £934 per 28-day qualifying period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £1,400 per 28-day qualifying period
  • Exactly £51,000 or above, will receive £2,100 per 28-day qualifying period.

Exclusions to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)

Businesses not eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) are any:

  • Not adhering to the requirements of the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984; and
  • where there is evidence that they are having a detrimental impact on the city, our residents or our neighborhoods, such as where the council is taking enforcement action against a business for a serious offence
  • which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • which were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions

From Thursday 5 November this is replaced by the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

Businesses closed due to national restrictions from 23 March 2020

This is known as the  Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) and is for businesses closed from Monday 23 March which have not been able to re-open as a result of regulations.

On Friday 9 October, the Government announced further funding to support businesses that have been required to close on a national basis since Monday 23 March 2020 and have not been able to re-open as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Eligible businesses are:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

Payments will be made for each 14-day period of closure from 1 November 2020 and will not be backdated.

Businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of:

  • Exactly £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Exactly £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £1,500 per 14-day qualifying restriction period.

Exclusions

Businesses not eligible are those which:

  • Have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • Were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made on the date of the first full day of the local restrictions.

From Thursday 5 November this is replaced by the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

Important information about fraud

Please be aware that the government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. 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. If your circumstances change so that you are no longer eligible you must notify us immediately so that we can stop the next payment. For example, if your business has stopped trading, gone into administration or received a striking off notice or if you are no longer the owner. Update us via our online form below.

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We may share or match information provided with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, or where undertaking a public function in order to prevent and detect fraud.

We are also working closely with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Your data will be shared with them for research and evaluation purposes and you may be contacted by them as part of this research.

Upon the receipt of any grant award you will be provided with a declaration form relating to State Aid. Although the Brexit transition period has ended and new rules on subsidy control now apply, businesses in receipt of these grants are still expected to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

If you have received any other de minimis State Aid or aid provided under the EU Commission COVID-19 Temporary Framework, then you will be required to complete and return the signed declaration form to this authority. It is your company's responsibility to check that it is eligible, and the aid granted is within the €800,000 total limit. For more information please see:

This page was last updated on 14 January 2021

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