Local restrictions support grants
Following the mandated lockdown announced by Government and commencing on Thursday 5 November, it was announced that further funding to help support businesses that are required to closed would be put in place.
In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the LRSG scheme, a business must:
- Be registered as the business rates payer to Shropshire Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020
- Must have been open and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, then mandated to close as a result of regulations made under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No 4) Regs 2020
- Have been forced to close due to national lock down restrictions, had their first full day of closure on or after the 5 November 2020
- Fall under one of the following business categories:
- Non-essential retail
- Leisure/community venue
- Sports facilities
- Personal care
The following business types do not have to close under the regulation and are not eligible for a grant
Please note the following Businesses are permitted to REMAIN OPEN under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No4) Regs 2020 and are NOT eligible for a local restrictions grant
- Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops
- Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
- Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
- Hardware stores
- Building merchants and building services
- Petrol stations
- Car repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
- The following financial businesses:
- building societies
- credit unions
- short term loan providers
- savings clubs
- cash points
- undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers
facilities are in the premises of a business included in this Part
For further information please visit https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1200/pdfs/uksi_20201200_en.pdf
If your business has not been forced to close but you have been severely impacted by COVID-19
There is also a Discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant for businesses which have been impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions.
Grant Payment Thresholds
The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020). These are as follows:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334
- For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k grants to be £2,000
- For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over grants to be £3,000
The following exclusions apply:
- Only one application is payable per property.
- Business properties which are empty are excluded from this scheme.
- Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely are not eligible for this grant.
- Businesses that have chosen to close but are not required to under the regulations are not eligible for this grant (see above list of businesses that are permitted to remain open).
- 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 are not eligible for this grant.
- Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for this grant.
In cases where it was factually clear to us that on the national lock down date that the non-domestic rating list was inaccurate, we may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on our view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Shropshire Council.
Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of national restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, are to be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the local lock down date.
Businesses should be aware that grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. If you believe that by receiving this grant payment that you will exceed state aid limits, please contact us. Read more about State Aid.
Frequently asked questions
If your business does meet the eligibility criteria, pleaseApply now »