National and Local Restrictions Support
National and Local Lockdown support dates
From early November 2020 North Somerset has experienced differing levels of COVID-19 restrictions on business and other activities. This has resulted in varying levels of grant support being available for specific businesses that are broken down to the following periods;
- National – (5 November 2020 – 2 December 2020)
- Local – Tier 3 (3 December 2020 – 18 December 2020)
- Local – Tier 2 (19 December 2020 – 25 December 2020)
- Local – Tier 3 (26 December 2020 – 5 January 2021)
- National – Tier 5 (6 January 2021 – 2 February 2021
National Lockdown support
Following the announcement of new Covid restrictions on 4 Jan 2021 the Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has provided £4.6 billion of new support to help U.K. businesses forced to close as the country enters its third period of lockdown until at least February half-term in order to help control the continued coronavirus outbreak.
Treasury have announced that retail, hospitality and leisure businesses will be entitled to one-off top up grants up to £9,000 to support them until the spring.
Grants will be provided on a per-property basis, supporting firms through the latest restrictions. The funds are expected to benefit over 600,000 business properties, worth £4 billion in total across all nations of the UK.
The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses in England, as follows:
- £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.
That is on top of existing grants for companies required to shut their doors because of coronavirus restrictions (outlined below).
The Chancellor also made a further £594 million of discretionary funding available to businesses in other sectors that are also impacted by the coronavirus lockdown.
Further detail on this announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/46-billion-in-new-lockdown-grants-to-support-businesses-and-protect-jobs
When North Somerset Council has details of the scheme these will be published on this page.
Tier two and three support
To support businesses during the national and local restrictions
- National (5 November 2020 – 2 December 2020)
- Local Tier 3 (3 December 2020 – 16 December 2020)
Two grant schemes have been introduced:
- Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), which is for businesses that are liable for business rates and have been instructed to close by the Government. There are two versions of the Local Restrictions Support Grant:
- Closed – refers to businesses that are mandated to close by law
- Open – refers to businesses that have experienced significant loss of turnover and not mandated to close by law
- Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which is designed to support closed non-rated businesses or businesses that are severely impacted that require support in local areas. This scheme is discretionary.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)
This grant is for a Business that have a rateable value and are mandated to close by law.
To be eligible your business must:
- Be liable to pay business rates for the premises occupied
- Mandated to close by law, a list can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close
- Not be in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking off notice
- Trading before the 5th November 2020
- You do not exceed the State Aid threshold of €800,000 (over a 3 year period)
What you will get
Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) will be based on the rateable value of the property as it was on Thursday 5 November. The grant will be paid for each two-week period of restriction based on the following, If your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of:
- £15,000 or less, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £667.
- £15,001 to £50,999, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £1,000.
- £51,000 or more, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £1,500.
How to apply
You can apply for the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) online by clicking the link below. You will need your business rates reference number to apply, this can be found on your bill. Application Form: https://forms.liberata.com/business-rates/local-restriction-grant-request/north-somerset
Please be aware the above application form does not work in Firefox you will need to use an alternative browser.
If you have more than one business property liable for business rates that has been mandated to close, you will have to complete an application for each business property.
You will be required to answer a number of questions to verify your business is eligible, including uploading a recent bank statement.
This does not apply where…
Don’t apply if your business is not legally required to close. You may be able to get support from the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme instead (see below for more information).
How to claim a further support grant
North Somerset Council are committed to continuing support for business after national lockdown. If your business is legally required to remain closed, you may be eligible for further grant support for each additional two week period of restriction.
You should receive a direct invitation to renew your business support grant via email or letter from North Somerset Council. This invitation list is drawn from previous applications for the National restriction grant to the council.
Businesses that apply for this grant renewal will need to confirm their trading status as before.
If you think you are an eligible business and don’t receive an email or letter by Wednesday 23 December inviting you to apply you should contact the Business Grants team: email@example.com.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)
The LRSG (Open) scheme is for businesses in Tier 3 local restrictions that came into force on Thursday 3 December that continued to trade but have experienced a significant loss of turnover but were not mandated to close by law
To be eligible your business must have been open as usual on the day before national restrictions came into effect on Thursday 5 November and either:
- you are a business rates payer of the business you trade from or occupy and are not required to close
- your business is not required to close but has closed due to a significant impact on trading
- your business is continuing to operate but with significantly reduced demand due to social distancing rules
What you will get
Local Restrictions Support Grants (Open) will be based on the rateable value of the property as it was on Thursday 5 November. The grant will be paid for each two-week period of restriction based on the following, if your business is eligible and a property with a rateable value of :
- £15,000 or less, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £467.
- £15,001 to £50,999, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £700.
- £51,000 or more, you will receive a one-off cash grant of £1,050.
How to apply
You can apply online by clicking the link below (this is the same link as the ARG scheme):
If you have more than one business property, you will need to complete a separate application for each of them. You’ll need to answer questions to verify that your business is eligible, provide some information and upload a recent bank statement.
Additional Restrictions Grant
The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is a further relief fund offered by the council. It is available for businesses that are either:
- ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed), or
- have suffered hardship due to the COVID-19 restrictions that began on 5 November
To be eligible to claim ARG your business must have been open as usual on the day before restrictions came into force and have no more than 49 employees.
If you meet these initial requirements, one or more of the following will also need to apply:
- you do not pay business rates on the business you trade from or occupy – this includes businesses registered for Council Tax
- this applies only to the business that you are being forced to close
- your business was not required to close, but had to due to a significant impact on trading
- your business is still operating, but with a significant reduction in demand due to social distancing rules
What you will get
The amount of the grant is up to the discretion of the council. It will primarily be based on the number of employees:
- Businesses with 10 or less employees will get up to £500.
- Businesses with between 11 and 49 employees will get up to £750.
Please note payments are calculated on each two-week period of restriction. If, at the end of this term, the government decides to extend the restriction, you will be paid for each additional two week period, up until the tier is changed.
How to apply
Please use the link below:
The application form does not work in Firefox you will need to use an alternative browser.
If you have more than one business property, you will need to complete a separate application for each of them. You will be required to answer a number of questions to verify your business is eligible, including upload online of a recent bank statement.
Follow on from National grant support
If you are a business and you have applied for a grant due to hardship under the national restrictions, you will need to apply again for the subsequent local restrictions grant. This can be done through the ARG link above.
The following document provides underpinning policy. Additional Restrictions Grant policy
Hospitality Sector Scheme
North Somerset Council is providing additional funding available to pubs, restaurants and cafes which have all suffered curtailed trading opportunities in the festive period due to the coronavirus restrictions.
In addition to the £1,000 Christmas Support Payments announced by government to support ‘wet-led’ pubs, North Somerset Council are providing specific financial support to 300 publicly accessible pubs, restaurants and cafes across the area for December, January and February.
What will you get
Pubs and restaurants will be able to claim £3,000 in total at £1,000 each month for December, January and February.
Cafés will be able to claim between £1,500 – £3,000 depending on size with payments split for the three months of December, January and February.
This is not linked to Covid Tier restrictions and is available for businesses that are liable for business rates. The funding will be made in addition to support received through Local Restrictions Support Grant and Additional Restriction Grant.
How to Apply
From previous LRSG applications North Somerset Council is aware of the relevant businesses. They will be contacted directly by North Somerset Council with instructions on how to apply. To assist navigation, please see the link to the application below:
If you run an eligible business and don’t receive an email or letter by Wednesday 23 December inviting you to apply you should contact the Business Grants team via firstname.lastname@example.org
How and when the grant payment will be made?
We are expecting a high volume of claims for these grants. We will be clearing claims as quickly as possible in date order and aim to validate claims within 14 days of receipt of all information required.
We’ll send you an email to confirm we have received your claim and we will keep in contact with you by text message or email.
Both North Somerset Council and our service partners, Liberata, will be validating your claim and evidence. We may need to contact you, this will be from a liberata.com or n-somerset.gov.uk email address and is safe. We may also contact you to clarify a point or to request further evidence on behalf of the Council by telephone.
The payment will be paid directly into the nominated bank account and the details passed to payment processing the day after your notification of award email.
This funding will be provided on a rolling 14-day basis for as long as restrictions apply.
Tax and State Aid rules
Local Restriction Grant payments are subject to tax and the State Aid thresholds.
Further details On State Aid can be found at http://www.gov.uk/guidance/state-aid
As the award of relief and grants could be classed as State Aid, Local Authorities have a duty to consider and comply with European Commission State Aid legislation. Although the United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020, under the Withdrawal Agreement, State Aid continues to apply during the transition period.
Further information about your claim and contacting us
If we contact you for information or further documentary evidence we will ask you to use the ‘Contact Us’ Evidence Upload facility provided.
We have designed the claiming and notification process to avoid the need for you to contact us. There is no call centre facility for this service.
Should you need to, you can use the following link to contact us regarding these grants: https://forms.liberata.com/business-rates/local-restriction-contact-us/north-somerset