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        COVID-19 support for businesses during national and local lockdowns

        The government is providing support grants to help businesses impacted by the national and local lockdowns put in place to help manage the spread of coronavirus.

        Grants available for closed businesses:

        Restriction periodSecond lockdown  5 November 2020 – 1 December 2020Tier 3 restrictions 2 December 2020 – 19 December 2020Tier 4 restrictions 20 December 2020 – 4 January 2021Third lockdown 5 January 2021 – 15 February 2021 Third lockdown 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021
        Scheme TypeLocal Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendumLocal Restrictions Support Grant (closed)Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendumLocal Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendumLocal Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum
        Rateable value£1 – £15,000£1,334.00£857.57£762.29£2,001.00£2,096.00
        Rateable value£15,001 – £50,999£2,000.00£1,285.71£1,142.86£3,000.00£3,143.00
        Rateable value£51,000+£3,000.00£1,928.57£1,714.29£4,500.00£4,714.00

         

        Additional Restrictions Grants

        This grant is to assist businesses with their fixed costs and income loss for the period 5 November to 15 February 2021. It is not for loss of personal income covered by the Government’s Self Employment and Furlough schemes. The grant includes a one-off payment in accordance with guidelines. Which business are eligible?

        1. Businesses that do not qualify for the Government’s mandatory grant (Businesses that have a business rates account and have been forced to close by the Government are entitled to the Local Restrictions Grant (closed)).
          These businesses must:

          1. have been active businesses on 4 November 2020
          2. have significant business-related costs (not including employee, personal or household costs)
          3. have suffered a significant drop in income due to the pandemic
          4. be within State Aid limits The state aid limit is EUR 200,000 received over a three-year period which covers the current financial year, running from April 2020 to March 2021, and the two preceding financial years, plus EUR 800,000 received over the period March 2020 to December 2020. In some situations EUR 3 million received from March 2020 in relation to coronavirus support.

        How much will businesses be awarded? Business will be awarded according to the Rateable Value of the property:

        Rateable ValueGrant award
        No Rateable Value£8,712
        £1 – £15k£8,712
        £15,001 to £50,999£13,064
        £51,000 or above£19,596

        How to apply

        Please make sure you submit all of the required evidence.   We will assess each application and the evidence received.  Rejected applicants can appeal by email to ARG@thanet.gov.uk within two weeks of receiving a decision notification. These will be considered by the council and the decision will be final. The applicant will be notified of the decision by email.

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        National lockdown from 5 January 2021

        Grants during national lockdown 5 January 2021 to 31 March 2021

        The government has announced a range of grants for businesses that have been forced to close during the national lockdown that started Tuesday 5 January 2021.

        These grants are based on the rateable value of the business:

        5 January to 15 February 2021

        • £2,001 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less
        • £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
        • £4,500 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000

        16 February to 31 March 2021

        • £2,096 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or less
        • £3,143 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
        • £4,714 for businesses with a rateable value over £51,000

        There will also be a discretionary scheme available to help businesses that aren’t covered by the standard scheme but are significantly affected by the lockdown restrictions.

        In addition to the above grants, the government has announced that businesses that are forced to close during the third national lockdown will receive a one-off top-up grant based on the rateable value of the business:

        • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
        • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
        • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

        How we are paying grants for the period 5 January to 31 March

        If you haven’t already applied for or received a grant payment for the national lockdown period 5 November to 1 December 2020 or the tier periods, please complete an application form to apply for a grant for the national lockdowns and tier restriction periods (if applicable for your business).

        You do not need to reapply if you have received or applied for either of the November lockdown grants or a tier grant. We will be in contact with you to confirm payment or request more information.

        You do not need to apply separately for the one-off top-up grants. These will be paid at the same time as the lockdown grant for the 5 January to 15 February.

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        Tier restrictions from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021

        There are grant schemes available to support businesses during the tier restrictions and we are working on the application process for this at the moment.

        Businesses that were forced to close during the tier restrictions can get a grant for every 14-day period they were forced to close:

        • £667 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
        • £1,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
        • £1,500 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

        Businesses classed as hospitality, hotels, bed & breakfasts, tourism, leisure, event organisers or language schools that were allowed to remain open during Tier 3 restrictions (2 December to 19 December 2020) but were significantly affected by the restrictions can apply for a discretionary grant for every 14 day-period they were affected by the Tier 3 restrictions:

        • £467 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
        • £700 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
        • £1,050 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000.

        How we are paying grants for the period 2 December to 4 January

        If you haven’t already applied for or received a grant payment for the national lockdown period 5 November to 1 December 2020, please complete an application form to apply for a grant for the national lockdown and tier restriction periods (if applicable for your business).

        You do not need to apply if you have received or applied for either of the November lockdown grants. We will be in contact with you to confirm payment or request more information.

        If your business wasn’t forced to close during Tier 3 restrictions (2 December to 19 December 2020) but was significantly affected by the restrictions and is classed as a hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast, tourism, leisure, event organisers or language school business, we may be able to make payment to you for the period during tier restrictions without the need for another application. We will email you to let you know if we are able to do this or whether we need you to complete another application.

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        Christmas support payment for ‘wet-led’ pubs

        The government has announced a one-off grant payment of £1,000 to help ‘wet-led’ pubs during the Christmas period (2 December to 29 December 2020).

        A pub is eligible for a grant payment if:

        • less than 50% of its income is from the sale of food, and
        • it is located in an area under Tier 2 or Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions following the Tier reviews on both 2 December and 16 December 2020.

        To apply for this grant, you must have been the ratepayer for the property on 1 December 2020.

        For the purpose of these grants, pubs can be described as those businesses that (under normal circumstances without local or national restrictions):

        • are open to the general public
        • allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided
        • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed, and
        • allow drinks to be purchased at a bar

        This doesn’t include:

        • restaurants
        • cafes
        • nightclubs
        • hotels
        • snack bars
        • guesthouses
        • boarding houses
        • sporting venues
        • music venues
        • festival sites
        • theatres
        • museums
        • exhibition halls
        • cinemas
        • concert halls
        • casinos

        State aid

        European Union laws restrict the amount of state funding businesses can receive. This includes government grants, loans and tax reductions. These grants will count towards your state aid allocation.

        Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, there is a transition period while the UK and the EU negotiate additional arrangements. The EU state aid rules continue to apply during the current transition period.

        For businesses eligible for one of these grants, the state aid limit is:

        • EUR 200,000 received over a three-year period which covers the current financial year, running from April 2020 to March 2021, and the two preceding financial years, plus
        • EUR 800,000 received over the period March 2020 to December 2020.

        Find out more about state aid on GOV.UK

        Applications close on 28 February 2021.

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        National lockdown 5 November to 1 December 2020

        The government has put in place a grant scheme for businesses that were forced to close due to the national restrictions from 5 November to 1 December 2020. This scheme is called the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum.

        To be eligible for this grant, your business property must fall under one of the categories on the government’s list of businesses forced to close. Please note that if the majority of your business was forced to close but you were operating a takeaway or click and collect service, you may still be eligible for a grant.

        Please note that although some businesses were allowed to resume trading from 2 December (previously 3 December), businesses that are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant will receive a grant for payment to cover the period from 5 November up to and including 1 December inclusive. If you reopened on 2 December 2020, you will still be eligible for support from this scheme.

        Discretionary grants available from 5 November 2020

        The government is also providing funding to local councils to provide discretionary support for businesses. This scheme is called the Additional Restrictions Grant.

        We have created a scheme to help businesses that we feel will be the most impacted by lockdown restrictions. Our scheme will help those businesses that either:

        • have been forced to close but don’t have a business rates liability because they are not separately rated (for example market traders or shared accommodation where the landlord pays the business rates), or they are in the Council Tax list (such as B&Bs), or
        • have a business rates liability and are allowed to remain open, but are being severely impacted by the national lockdown because their main customers have been forced to close (such as suppliers to the retail, hospitality and leisure industries).

        Please see our discretionary scheme document for full details of our scheme.

        Applications for discretionary grants for the second national lockdown 5 November to 1 December 2020 have now closed. There are still grants available to assist with fixed business costs from 2 December 2020

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        Businesses which have been unable to reopen since 23 March 2020

        The government is also providing support to business properties which have been unable to reopen since 23 March 2020 due to national restrictions. Such businesses will be able to get a grant payment to cover the period 1-4 November 2020, prior to the national lockdown on 5 November. From 5 November 2020, these businesses will be eligible for a national business support grant (Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum) as above.

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        If you need to contact the Business Rates Team

        We have received a large number of grant applications and we’re working through them in date order. We have significantly increased our on team resource and are working as quickly as we can. Please bear with us.

        If you need to contact us, please email the Business Rates Team at businesscashgrants@thanet.gov.uk

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