Business Rates and business grants
Business grants under the National Restrictions starting 5 November 2020
We have received a high number of claims for support grants since applications opened on 16 November. We are working hard to process them all as quickly as possible. If you have applied we will contact you once we have reviewed your application. If you have not had a response we would ask that you wait ten working days from the date of your application before contacting us. Thank you.
Local Restrictions Support Grant
National restrictions are in place from 5 November until the 2 December 2020. Businesses instructed to close by Government may be entitled to a one-off support grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum scheme.
To be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, your business rated property must be in the Gloucester City Council area and fall under one of the categories on the government’s list of businesses forced to close. Please note that if the majority of your business has been forced to close but you are operating a takeaway or click and collect service, you may still be eligible for a grant.
The grants payable are dependent on the following thresholds:
- Eligible businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the 05 November 2020 can get a grant payment of £1,334.
- Eligible businesses occupying premises appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the 05 November 2020 can get a grant payment of £2,000.
- Eligible businesses occupying premises which appear on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the 05 November 2020 can get a grant payment of £3,000
Further information will be updated regularly by the Government on the Government website
All businesses that wish to claim this grant will have to complete a secure online form.
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
The government have allocated all local authorities an additional amount which is to be used to support other businesses affected by the new restrictions.
TheAdditional Restrictions Grant – will be payable as a one-off payment to businesses severely financially affected by COVID, during the national lockdown between 05 November 2020 and 02 December 2020
PLEASE NOTE – the application window for additional restriction grants for the 5 November – 2 December national lockdown is open between
28 November 2020 and 9 December 2020 ONLY
Applications received outside of this time will not be considered and will be rejected.
Who is eligible?
Businesses to be considered for this grant are:
Businesses forced to close as a result of the national lockdown as outlined in the government guidance, but who are not business ratepayers, but who have relatively high fixed ongoing building related property cost
Businesses that remain open with relatively high ongoing fixed costs (including, but not restricted to, building related costs) which have been severely financially impacted by the national lockdown
AND meet the local priority of:
- Businesses that supply retail, hospitality, leisure or businesses in the events sector
- Market traders, affected by the lockdown or who have had to close due to circumstances beyond their control
- Nurseries (if in receipt of business rates nursery discount) who have seen a significant fall in income due to COVID and lockdown
- Self employed persons with no recourse to the Self Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) or other government COVID specific help schemes, who can demonstrate a significant loss of income as a direct result of the National Lockdown in November / December 2020
Businesses which are not eligible to claim the additional restrictions grant:
- Businesses who do not meet the eligibility criteria outlined above
- Businesses who have received a grant under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) or (open) schemes during the widespread national lockdown 5 November – 2 December 2020
- Businesses in areas outside of scope for localised restrictions as defined by the Government and not subject to widespread national restrictions
- Businesses that have chosen to close, but are not required to, are not eligible
- Businesses that have already received grant payments that exceed the permitted levels of maximum state aid under the de minimis and Covid 19 temporary state aid framework
- Businesses which are in administration or insolvent or are subject to a striking off notice made at the date of local or national restrictions
How much is the grant?
A one off payment for the period 5 November 2020 – 2 December 2020 will be made as follows:
For businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15K or under, or with fixed annual ongoing business related costs of exactly £15K or under, an amount of £1334 is payable
For businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of between £15K and £51K, or with fixed annual ongoing business related costs of between £15K and £51K, an amount of £2,000 is payable
For businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of over £51K, or with fixed annual ongoing business related costs of over £51K, an amount of £3,000 is payable
For eligible market traders and eligible self employed persons, an amount of £1,334 is payable.
N.B The application window is open from 28 November – 09 December 2020 ONLY.
Applicants must apply online and provide the supporting evidence to validate their claim. The application form will be published here on 28 November 2020
All applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application in writing within 10 working days of making the application.
Businesses which have been unable to open since 23 March 2020
The government is providing funding to help business properties which have been unable to reopen since 23 March 2020 due to national restrictions, for example nightclubs. These businesses will be able to apply for an additional grant payment to cover the period 1-4 November 2020, prior to the national lockdown on 5 November. From 5 November 2020, these businesses will be eligible for a national restrictions business support grant as above.
Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors in England will not have to pay business rates for the 2020-21 tax year. This will apply to your business rates bills for the 2020/2021 tax year.
All eligible businesses have now been rebilled.
You will be eligible if your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector. Properties that will benefit from the relief will be those that are wholly or mainly being used:
- as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
- for assembly and leisure
- as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.
As long as you meet this criteria, there is nothing further you have to do. Gloucester City Council will apply the business rates holiday to your bills.
Please note: Nurseries do not have to pay business rates for 2020-2021; those buildings occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage. As long as you meet the criteria, there is nothing further you have to do. Gloucester City Council have rebilled all eligible nurseries.
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