Shropshire Council

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
    • Hospitality
    • 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:
    1. banks
    2. building societies
    3. credit unions
    4. short term loan providers
    5. savings clubs
    6. cash points
    7. 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
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • Veterinary surgeons and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shop
  • Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the
    facilities are in the premises of a business included in this Part
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets
  • Garden centres

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

Exclusions

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

When will my grant be paid?

We aim to make payment to eligible businesses within 10 working days of receiving an application.

We apologise if your grant request is taking longer to consider. This may be because they need further checks before a payment can be made. This is often as a result of a discrepancy between our business rates records and the information you have provided on your e-form. If your grant request is still outstanding, please remain patient. A member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you.

Will you contact me when you send a grant payment?

Yes. If you are an eligible business, once your payment has been processed we will send you an email notification, followed by a letter. The letter will include important information about state aid requirements and your eligibility to a grant payment.

How will the grant be paid to me?

Payments are being made by BACS payment. These can take between 3-5 days to reach bank accounts from the date of processing.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Can I check the progress of my request?

We ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your request or payment. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible.

If your grant application is still outstanding, please remain patient. A member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you. Once your payment has been processed we will send you a letter confirming this.

We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

 

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