Local Restriction Support Grants 16 February 2021 - 31 March 2021

Local restrictions have been imposed by Government and a significant number of businesses have been mandated to close to manage the spread of coronavirus with effect from 5 January 2021.

Guidance for local restrictions published on GOV.UK clearly sets out which businesses and venues have been required by law to close and which may remain open. Those eligible for grants will be businesses that have been offering direct, in-person services but are unable to continue with their main service following the commencement of local restrictions.

If a business has chosen to operate as a takeaway, click and collect or offer online with delivery services they will be counted as closed because their substantive business has had to close.

Examples

If a sit-down restaurant has closed, but offers a click and collect or delivery service they may be still eligible for a grant

If a clothing store has closed but still offering a click and collect service only, they may still be entitled to a grant

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if you fulfil all the criteria below:

  • You occupy a property which is shown on the rating list on 5 January 2021
  • You are required to close because of national restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on 5 January 2021. These include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses
  • You have been required to close for the full 44 days because of the lockdown
  • Your business has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

The grant award is at the discretion of the council, the decision of the council is final, and there is no right of appeal.

Some businesses may receive more than one grant where they have more than one eligible rated premises, individual applications need to be made for each premises.

Payments will be subject to state aid limits as the Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid. See COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of localised restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, should be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Exclusions

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 (e.g. accountants, solicitors, estate agents) are not eligible

Businesses in areas outside the scope of the restrictions, as defined by Government, are also excluded

Businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of local lockdown

If you are not registered for Business Rates please send a copy of your lease and a recent utility bill to business.rates@southampton.gov.uk

Businesses that are not separately assessed on the business rates register. You may be eligible for support under the Additional Restrictions Grant fund

Businesses which were closed and not providing direct in-person services from premises before 5 January 2021

Businesses that have reached the state aid limit

How much can I receive?

Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) Addendum: payment for the period 16.02.21 – 31.03.21 (44 days):

£2,096.00 for businesses with a rateable value exactly £15,000 or under

£3,143.00 for businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000

£4,714.00 for businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 and above

How to apply

You will need to complete an online application form.

Before you start please ensure you have the following information (failure to provide this information will result in either your claim not being paid or a delay in payment):

  • You must have your business rates account number
    • If you are registered for business rates and do not have this number please contact us to request this information. Please provide your full name, position within the business and business premises address.
    • For security your business rates number will be sent to you via post to the correspondence address we hold on our system. This information will not be emailed unless we already hold your email address on record
  • You also need a copy of a recent bank statement demonstrating trading from the account and showing the company name and bank account number you wish for the grant to be paid into
  • Your limited company number (if applicable)

Apply for Local Restrictions Support Grant