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Local Restrictions Support Grant Fund (Closed) & Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

Please read the information on this page before applying, the link to apply can be found on the bottom of this page.


The Council is awaiting further guidance in relation to payments from 15 February 2021, once this guidance is known payments will be made automatically to eligible businesses, you do not need to re-apply.

If your business has been forced to close due to Tier 4 restrictions from 31 December 2020 or due to national lockdown restrictions from 05 January 2021 you may be eligible to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
 
Tier 4 grants are available via the Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme.

You can find full details by clicking on the link below: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant-for-closed-businesses

If your business has been mandated to remain closed and you have already received a Local Restrictions Grant Payment, you do not need to reapply. Your next payment, and future payments, will automatically be processed. Payment of the grant will continue to be made throughout the lockdown period.

If you have not yet applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant and are a Tameside based business registered for Business Rates, and have been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local and national lockdown restrictions, you can still apply.
 

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant


(New) Closed Business Lockdown Payment

On the 04 January 2021 the Government announced that businesses that have been mandated to close, which include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses are to receive a one off grant payment worth up to £9,000.
 
The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment is a payment in addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 05 January onwards.
 
You can find more details by clicking on the link below:
https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/951799/business-support-package-january-2021-lockdown-la-guidance.pdf


 

Tier 3 - Very High Alert

Tameside coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday 2 December 2020.

Tameside, along with the rest of Greater Manchester, is in Tier 3 following the end of the national lockdown. You can find full details by clicking on the link below: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know


Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

Tameside has been placed in Local Coronavirus Alert Level (Very-High) restrictions for 14 days from 2 December 2020.

If your business has been mandated to remain closed due to the very high restrictions and you have already made an application for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)/ (Closed) and (Addendum), you do not need to reapply. Businesses that are eligible will paid in accordance with government guidance and the next payment and future payments will be automatically processed as soon as possible.
If you have not yet applied and are a Tameside based business registered for Business Rates, that has been required to close due to temporary COVID-19 local and national lockdown restrictions, you can still apply.
If your business is currently open but subject to the local restrictions, you may be able to qualify for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) to find more information click on the following link: Coronavirus Support for Businesses (tameside.gov.uk)
 

Who is eligible?

The grants are available for businesses that were open and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and were then legally required to close. Eligible businesses are those:

Required to close during localised restrictions when Tameside was placed in Tier 3/Very High restrictions. This affects:
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training 
 
Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close including:
  • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • skating rinks
  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • laser quests and escape rooms
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • snooker halls
 
Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within: 
  • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
  • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
  • model villages
  • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
  • visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
  • Landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead.
  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
  • large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s


A business must have been trading the day before local before local restrictions came in to force to be eligible.

Who is not eligible?

  • Businesses that 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 (e.g. accountants, solicitors). 
  • 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 in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government, are also excluded.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that 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.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme. 
  • 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) for nationally mandated business closures. 
  • In the event of renewed widespread national ‘lockdown’ restrictions being imposed, the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) will cease to apply, as relevant businesses will receive funding from the LRSG (Closed), subject to adaptations. Please see published LRSG (Closed) addendums where relevant.


Funding

Eligible businesses will be able to access up to £3,000 per 28 days of closure (payable by BACs), pro-rata for periods of less than 28 days.
RV Exactly £15,000 or under £667 per 14 days
RV of over £15,000 and less than 51 £1,000 per 14 days
RV of Exactly £51,000 or over £1,500 per 14 days


Christmas Support Payment for ‘wet-led’ pubs

On 01 December 2020, the Government announced that there would be a one off payment of £1,000 for ‘wet led pubs’. The support is for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than food through the festive period. This guidance applies to England only from 2 December 2020 to 29 December 2020. It is not retrospective. 

The Council may request that pubs provide accounting evidence that they derive under 50% of their income from food sales to determine that the pub is wet-led.

Government Guidance can be found by clicking on the link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-christmas-support-payment-for-wet-led-pubs
If you have already made an application for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed), the Business Rates Service will contact you by email and you will be sent a link to an application form inviting you to apply.

You will need to complete the application form as soon as possible and return it by email to the Business Rates Service at the following address businessratesgrants@tameside.gov.uk

If you have not yet applied for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed), you can still apply.

This scheme will close on 29 December 2020. Final applications must be received by Local Authorities by 31 January 2021.

It is expected that Local Authorities will provide local businesses with grant funding as soon as possible and no later than 28 February 2021. 
 

Before you start

You will need the following information to complete the application form:

Proof of bank details
We require a copy of your business bank statement to help prevent fraud.

The Business bank statement:

  • Must cover a calendar month period
  • Be current and dated within the last month
  • Show business transactions prior to the day before restrictions came in to force
  • Include the name of the business or ratepayer, address, sort code and account number
  • Match the bank account details as the ones provided on your application form

Proof of identity
Following documents are accepted as proof of identity:
  • Driver’s license
  • Passport
You can upload scanned copies or pictures of your supporting documents. Attachment size must not exceed 15Mb per attachment. We accept:
  • PDFs (.pdf)
  • word documents (.doc or .docx)
  • images (.jpg or .png)


Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments, including failure to close your business which puts others at risk.

Any payment made as a result of fraud may be subject to claw back, as will any grants paid in error.

The Government is supporting Local Councils to make the necessary checks to ensure payments can be verified and have been made correctly.


State Aid

State aid is any advantage granted by public authorities through state resources on a selective basis to any organisations that could potentially distort competition and trade in the European Union (EU).

The definition of state aid is very broad because ‘an advantage’ can take many forms. It is anything which an undertaking (an organisation engaged in economic activity) could not get on the open market.

There has been amendments made to the State Aid Temporary Framework from 08 December 2020 and a new measure has been introduced enabling further support to companies under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework. The Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Public Authorities has been amended to incorporate this new measure.

Where a business has reached its limit for aid under de minimis and under Section 3.1 of the Temporary Framework a Local Authority may now provide a grant to a business under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework provided certain conditions are met. Please refer to the following website for further information:
EUR-Lex - 52020XC1013(03) - EN - EUR-Lex (europa.eu) 

For further guidance relating to State Aid following the UK departure from the EU please refer to the following website.
Summary guide to awarding subsidies from 1 January 2021 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)


Data Sharing

Tameside Council will use your data for the processing of your Local Restriction Support Grant application.
We may check the information you provide or the information about you which somebody else provides, with other details we hold. If the law allows us, we may also receive information from other people or organisations or give information to them to check the accuracy of records, to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways.

The Privacy Notice below explains how the Council uses information about you and the ways in which we protect your privacy:  https://www.tameside.gov.uk/TamesideMBC/media/Data-Protection/Business-Support-Grants.pdf
 

Application Process

You can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant if you are registered for Business Rates and have been legally required to close your business.

You only need to apply for the grant once and the Council will determine your eligibility under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) in relation to Tier 3 closures and Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum) for national lockdown closures as appropriate.

We do not accept applications from third parties.

Subject to further guidance from central Government we may determine your eligibility for future payments based on your initial application, if your business is closed for more than one period of four weeks under National Lockdown arrangements.

Discretionary support may also be available under the Government Schemes Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Additional Restrictions Grant. More details about both these schemes will be published once available.

Local Restrictions Support Grants are subject to tax and will need to be declared by businesses in their tax returns to HMRC.

Please note there is no appeals process for businesses under these grant schemes.



What you should expect from us

Once your application has been submitted, the Business Rates Service will check if you are eligible for a grant payment and make a payment to you as soon as possible, we aim to process within 10 working days following receipt of all necessary supporting information, however this may take longer in some cases where queries arise or where the number of applications received is high.  Grants are being paid and processed as quickly as possible.  Thank you for your patience. If your business is not eligible to receive a grant payment we will contact you by email to tell you why.

You should not submit repeat payment requests and accept the acknowledgement email you receive when submitting the application form as receipt. We appreciate that businesses require grant funding as soon as possible, however requests for progress on applications redirects limited resources away from assessing and paying grant applications. We aim to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible.

If your business is not yet registered on the National non domestic rating list, your application may take longer than usual to process.

If your business is eligible, a payment will be made direct to the nominated bank account you have provided on your request form. We may need to contact you if we cannot pay you the grant, or if further information is required to process your application.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

 

Contacting the Business Rates Service

Due to unprecedented demand the availability of our Business rates phones lines has been reduced to enable limited resource to processing the latest round of Government Grants to help businesses. Phone lines are open on a Tuesday afternoon from 1.30pm until 5.00pm and Thursday afternoon from 1.30pm until 4.30pm.
 
If you are calling regarding your recent grant application, all applications are being processed as quickly as possible and are dealt with in order of receipt. If the Business Rates Service requires further information you will be contacted directly.  If you have not yet made a grant application and need help or advice, please see information above on our website on how to apply.
 
Your business rates reference number can be found on your latest bill, however, you can still apply for a grant without this reference number.
If your grant application has been successful, you will receive an email to confirm that a payment has been made.
 
Thank you for your patience.   


Business Rates update

Information on the Local Restrictions Support Grants and the Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses affected by Tier 2 type restrictions; Tier 2 (High); Tier 3 (Very High) and National Lockdown is available here https://www.tameside.gov.uk/businesssupport/granttable

Further details on each scheme will be updated once available, this will also be sent out to the Live Work Invest mailing list.  If you would like to sign up to receive an email notification about business support, including support available nationally, regionally and locally, please use this link to join the Live Work Invest mailing list

 

Financial Support to Business

Government has confirmed a package of financial measures to support businesses.
 
The financial measures include:

Business Rates Recovery

We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many of our businesses and that the COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on the economy.
 
Your Business Rates pays for our essential services that are delivered to all residents in the Council, so it is really important that if your circumstances have not changed that you continue to pay what you should, maintain your direct debit payments, or payment plan, as detailed on your bill. Thank you for your contribution.
 
The Government has announced assistance to help businesses during this difficult period. The Council is working hard to obtain all the information on how these different reliefs will be applied and to ensure that no-one pays more than they should do in April 2020.
 
If you are struggling to pay your Business Rates, we wanted to make you aware of the support available and how the Council can help you if you have been affected.
  1. We will not submit a claim to banks for any direct debits that are due in April until the 100% Retail Relief has been applied. We will reprofile payment arrangements over the remaining 11 months where appropriate.
  2. Get in touch with us. We would encourage anyone who is struggling, to contact us at businessrates@tameside.gov.uk so that we can ensure that you are getting all of the support and relief that you are entitled to.
  3. In some circumstances, we may be able to agree a different payment plan such as the Business Rates due for 2020/21 is split over 9 months, from July 2020 to March 2021, meaning that in some cases you will not have to pay anything until July. Please get in touch to discuss this option.
  4. We can also look at your arrears so that we consider everything you owe to us and avoid any extra costs or charges.
  5. If you are self-employed and your income reduces, you may be able to claim Universal Credit from the DWP and Council Tax Support from the Council
           www.gov.uk/apply-universal-credit 
           www.tameside.gov.uk/ctax/counciltaxsupport
 
We urge all businesses to pay what they can and seek advice where possible.
 
We would request that all contact is via email on the following email address businessrates@tameside.gov.uk  We will come back to you promptly.
 

Additional Business Support

Government have created a website covering all of the support measures put in place: www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses 


Please visit https://www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/supportforbusiness to find information on wider business support available within Tameside and Greater Manchester.

Important Note: You do not need to employ Rating Agents or other organisations outside of the Council to claim support that is available. These agents will probably take a percentage of any relief or grant they claim on your behalf. Please be extra careful with what you sign and how you respond to organisations that may contact you offering support.
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