COVID-19 support for businesses November 2020
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.
What grants are available?
National business support grants from 5 November 2020
The government has put in place a grant scheme for businesses that have been forced to close due to the national restrictions from 5 November 2020. This scheme is called the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed).
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 has been forced to close but you are operating a takeaway or click and collect service, you may still be eligible for a grant.
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.
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)) as above.
Support for businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 restricted areas
The government has also announced support for businesses in Tier 2 and Tier 3 restricted areas. However, as we were in a Tier 1 area prior to the national lockdown on 5 November, this doesn’t currently apply to businesses in our area.
If you need to contact the Business Rates Team
We are expecting a high volume of grant applications and responses may take up to one month.
If you need to contact us, please email the Business Rates Team at firstname.lastname@example.org