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Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) is a business support grant to help businesses that have been forced to close due to lockdown restrctions. Please see the latest guidance.


Local Restrictions Support Grants

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)
  • Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum): Tier 4

These schemes were introduced by the Government Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) to support businesses that have been legally required to close due to Tier 3, Tier 4 and National Lockdown restrictions.

Types and Periods of Grant Schemes

Grant Type

Grant Period

*Qualifying Date

the business must have been open and trading from the premises on

Registered for Business Rates on this date

(the business is liable to pay occupied rates)

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)

5 Nov 20 to 2 Dec 20

4 November 2020

5 November 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

3 Dec 20 to 16 Dec 20

2 December 2020

3 December 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

17 Dec 20 to 30 Dec 20

16 December 2020

17 December 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)

31 Dec 20 to 4 Jan 21

30 December 2020

31 December 2020

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)

5 Jan 21 to 15 Feb 21

4 January 2021

5 January 2021

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (one-off payment)

5 Jan 21 to 15 Feb 21

4 January 2021

5 January 2021

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum)

16 Feb 21 to 31 Mar 21

15 February 2021

16 February 2021

*  The business must NOT have closed voluntarily before the qualifying date relating to the relevant grant period unless the business was legally required to close under Tier 3, Tier 4 and National Lockdown restrictions.


Who can claim an LRSG business support grant?

You may be able to apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant business provided you pay Business Rates to East Staffordshire Borough Council and your business meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • The business was open and trading as usual on 4th November 2020 or on one of the above qualifying dates
  • It was liable to pay occupied Business Rates on 5th November 2020 or on one of the above qualifying dates
  • It is one of the types of business that have been legally required to close (please see below)

You must be the Business Rates payer in order to apply and have the capacity to do so i.e. business owner, partner, company secretary/director, trustee of a charity, chair/treasurer of a not for profit making organisation.  Applications received from third parties or from those with no capacity will be declined.


Businesses legally required to close

Business Type

Sub-Group Description

Non-essential retail

Clothing; Homeware (e.g. furniture & carpet retailers); Vehicle salerooms (not including vehicle hire establishments); Betting shops; Tailors; Tobacco/vape; Electronic goods; Mobile phone shops; Repair centres; Market stalls trading in any of above merchandise

Hospitality

 

Cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery

If the premises only provided an eat out or takeaway service before any of the qualifying date, the business will not be eligible to apply

Accommodation

Hotels; Hostels; Guest House/B&B; Campsite/Caravan Park; Self-catering holiday lets.

Premises that are the sole/main residence of an individual, a person who is unable to return to their home address or lives at the property for work purposes are unable to claim a grant

Leisure and sports facilities

Leisure centres; Gyms; Swimming pools; Tennis and basketball courts; Golf courses and driving ranges; Fitness and dance studios; Climbing walls; Archery and shooting ranges

Entertainment venues

 

Theatres; Concert halls; Cinemas; Museums; Galleries; Casinos; Amusement arcades; Bingo halls; Bowling alleys; Skating rinks; Go-karting venues; Soft play centres and areas; Circuses; Funfairs; Zoos and other animal attractions; Water and theme parks; Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks

Personal care facilities

 

Hair, beauty, tanning and nail salon; Tattoo parlours; Spas; Massage parlours; Body and skin piercing.

Community centres and halls

Community centres; Halls and village halls; Meeting rooms including those that may remain open under exempt activities

Exempt activities include: education and training; childcare purposes and supervised activities for children; blood donation and food banks; provision of medical treatment

 


Businesses that are not eligible

Your business will not be eligible for the grant if it:

  • Was not open and trading on 4th November or on one of the above qualifying dates
  • Was not registered for Business Rates on 5th November 2020 or on one of the above qualifying dates
  • Closed voluntarily before 5th November 2020 or on one of the above qualifying dates
  • Has entered into administration or insolvency
  • Has exceeded state aid limits
  • Is not a business legally required to close
    • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
    • Market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
    • Businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
    • Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
    • Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
    • Funeral directors
    • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
    • Medical and dental services
    • Vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
    • Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
    • Agricultural supplies shops
    • Mobility and disability support shops
    • Storage and distribution facilities
    • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
    • Outdoor playgrounds
    • Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
    • Places of worship
    • Crematoriums and burial grounds.

If you are no longer entitled

You must notify the council straight away if your business is no longer eligible for a business support grant after submitting your application. This could be because the business:

  • No longer meets the eligibility criteria for this grant
  • Enters into administration or becomes insolvent
  • Reaches the state aid limit of €3,000,000 for Covid-19 support

If your business is paid a grant that it is not entitled to the funding will be reclaimed, and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution.


Evidence required to support your claim

You will need the following information to claim:

  • Business Rates account reference to this is a 9 character reference beginning with 8; you can find this on your annual bill
  • Business bank account details to this is the account we will pay the grant into
  • Proof of business bank account - the most recent statement or a screenshot of online banking, and must:
  • Show the business bank details – sort code, bank account number and account holders name
  • Must show transactions on one of the above qualifying dates for the period for which you are applying

You must also provide any other evidence to demonstrate that you were trading at the relevant qualifying date e.g. till receipts, sales from or deliveries to the property, appointment records, copies of receipts issued to customers.  You will need to upload electronic copies, scanned images or clear photos of your documents.

You must provide at least one of the following unique identifies which include the following:

  • VAT Registration Number
  • Company Registration Number
  • Charity Registration Number
  • Self-Assessment/Partnership Number
  • National Insurance Number
  • Unique Taxpayer Reference

If more than one applies, please complete for all relevant identifiers (e.g. Company Registration Number and VAT Registration Number).

Business Size and ONS UK SIC codes

You are also required to confirm how many people you employ and under which Business Sector you are engaged per one of the ONS UK SIC codes shown below:

A:  Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

B:   Mining and Quarrying

C:   Manufacturing

D:  Electricity, Gas, Steam and Air Conditioning Supply

E:   Water Supply; Sewerage, Waste Management and Remediation Activities

F:   Construction

G:  Wholesale and Retail Trade; Repair Of Motor Vehicles and Motorcycles

H:  Transportation and Storage

I:    Accommodation and Food Service Activities

J:    Information and Communication

K:   Financial and Insurance Activities

L:   Real Estate Activities

M: Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities

N:  Administrative and Support Service Activities

O:  Public Administration and Defence; Compulsory Social Security

P:   Education

Q:  Human Health and Social Work Activities

R:   Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

S:   Other Service Activities

T:   Activities of Households as Employers; Undifferentiated Goods-And Services-Producing Activities of Households for Own Use

U:  Activities of Extraterritorial Organisations and Bodies

If you fail to complete the online application form in full or fail to submit all evidence required, this will either delay the processing of the application or may it may be refused.  If refused, you will need to re-submit the application.


How to claim

If you run a business in the East Staffordshire Borough Council area, and your business has closed due to lockdown restrictions, you can apply for a LRSG business support grant online.

If you are unable to apply online please call our Revenues Team on 01283 508030 between 9:00am and 1:00pm for assistance.

Where the business remains in occupation and would otherwise have been open and trading were it not for being mandated to close under Tier 3, Tier 4 or National Lockdown restrictions, we will arrange to make further grant payments automatically without you having to re-apply.


Receiving a grant payment when ineligible

Where a subsequent payment is made for any period commencing on or after 2nd December 2020 and a grant payment is made automatically without having re-applied, when accepting those funds you are confirming that you continue to meet all qualifying criteria.  If you do not meet these conditions, you will be required to return the grant to the Council immediately stating the reason why.

If you retain a grant payment to which you are not entitled, you will be prosecuted.


How will the payments be made?

Payment will be made directly into the bank account matching the bank statement you provided with your claim. We are not able to make the payment into any other bank account or by cheque.

Receiving a grant payment when ineligible

Where a subsequent payment is made for any period commencing on or after 2nd December 2020 and a grant payment is made automatically without having re-applied, when accepting those funds you are confirming that you continue to meet all qualifying criteria.  If you do not meet these conditions, you will be required to return the grant to the Council immediately stating the reason why.

If you retain a grant payment to which you are not entitled, you will be prosecuted.


Tax on Local Restrictions Support Grant payments

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the business's tax return.


State aid limits

Any business that has 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. 

This means that your business may not receive more than €800,000 in Covid-19 grant funding. Find out more about state aid.


Can I claim for more than one business?

You can claim for any business where you are the Business Rates payer, provided it meets the eligibility criteria and doesn't exceed state aid limits.


When does the scheme end?

The closing date for the Local Restrictions Support Grants schemes was 31 March 2021 with the exception for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (Addendum) for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 which will close on 31 May 2021.  If an application is received for any grant schemes pre-dating 16 February 2021 on or after 1 April 2021 , it will not be considered.