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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 Government has introduced Local Restrictions Support Grants to help businesses within the Business Rates System that have been legally required to close or severely affected by the restrictions put in place to manage coronavirus.
 
A table providing information on the 5 grant funds available can be found by clicking on the link below:
https://www.tameside.gov.uk/businesssupport/granttable
 

Who is eligible?

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) & Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) is specifically for those businesses within the Business Rates system 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 in 1 of the 3 categories below:

Required to close in March 2020 and not yet been allowed to reopen – Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector). Eligibility for this scheme starts from 1 November 2020 until 4 November 2020 (i.e. until national lockdown began). This affects:
  • Nightclubs
  • Dance Halls
  • Discotheques
  • Sexual Entertainment Venues
  • Hostess Bars
Required to close 23 October 2020 until 4 November 2020 (i.e. before national lockdown began)Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) during localised restrictions when Tameside was placed in Tier 3 restrictions. This affects:
  • Pubs and bars who had to close from this date, it excludes pubs and bars that stayed open to operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal and where alcohol was served as part of such meal
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Betting shops
  • Arcades
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Soft play centres/areas 
Required to close from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020 under the national lockdown – Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum. This affects businesses as determined by law.

Guidance can be found on which businesses have been forced to close by clicking on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england


Who is not eligible?

  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been legally required to close
  • Businesses that were already closed before being legally required to close
  • Businesses that were not trading the day before restrictions came in to force.
  • Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises (e.g. accountants, solicitors);
  • Businesses 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;
  • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.  

Where it is determined that a business is not complying with COVID legislation a grant will not be considered.

Government Guidance for Local Authorities can be found by clicking on the link below:
Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG): guidance for local authorities 


Funding

For businesses eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) (including Addendum category), businesses will be able to access the following amounts per four weeks of closure (pro rata where applicable).

Eligible businesses will be able to access up to £3,000 per four weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under will receive grants of £1,334 per four weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000 per four weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000 per four weeks of closure
For businesses eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) businesses will be able to access the following amounts per 14 day period of closure (pro rata as applicable).  Government brought this grant into effect from 1 November 2020, closure periods for these businesses will run from this date and will not be backdated further.
  • £667 per 14-day period of closures for every hereditament on the rating list with a rateable value of £15,000 or less
  • £1,000 per 14-day period of closures for every hereditament on the rating list with a rateable value of more than £15,000 and less than £51,000
  • £1,500 per 14-day period of closures for every hereditament on the rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above.
 

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

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.
Payments made will be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold.

Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached will be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

Businesses that have 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.


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/privacypolicy
 

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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