Online planning, building control and licensing services will be unavailable 24 – 26 November due to a system upgrade.
Some of our online services will also be unavailable on 24 November due to essential maintenance.

Sort It centre closures for weekends 21-22 and 28-29 November.

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020, new restrictions are in place across England, including the closure of certain businesses and venues. These include:

  • all non-essential retail, including but not limited to, clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops
  • hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs, with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm and not including alcohol), click and collect, drive-through or delivery
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, such as bowling alleys, leisure centre and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spars, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons

A full list will be available from the government shortly on GOV.UK.

Financial support is available to businesses affected by the closures.

How to qualify for financial support

To qualify for a grant your business must have been:

  • open as usual before any restrictions were in place
  • registered for business rates at the premises on 31 October 2020
  • required to close down due to the restrictions imposed by the government

This criteria may be updated if we receive new details.

There will also be discretionary support for businesses that do not have a business rates account. Details of this scheme and how to access it will follow. If you do not have a business rates account but your business has closed and wish to be considered for a grant, do not complete this form as your application will not be transferrable. Details of the scheme will be published here and via our social media channels with a separate application process.

How much support you will receive

The payment amount will depend on the rateable value of the property as in the table below. The payment will cover the full four weeks from 5 November to 2 December 2020. Payments will be made as follows:

Rateable value of premisesGrant payment per 4 weeks
£15,000 or under£1,334
£15,001 to £50,999£2,000
£51,000 or over£3,000

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for a closed business

You should apply if:

  • you were operating a business that was open as usual and providing an in person service to customers from the business premises but were required to close by law during the national lockdown period

and

  • you are liable to pay Business Rates (even if you have not paid your rates this financial year due to a relief or exemption)

Applications will be reviewed as quickly as possible, however we are will be dealing with a large number of claims and will aim to make a payment directly into bank accounts within 10 working days of submission and issue a remittance advice. If for any reason your application is not approved, we will contact you within 10 working days to discuss.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant for a closed business

State aid

These grant payments count towards state aid. By accepting this grant you must confirm that you are not in breach of state aid rules. Read more about state aid.

Data protection

Any information you give to us will be held securely and in accordance with the rules on data protection. We will treat personal details as private and confidential and safeguard them. We will not disclose them to anyone unconnected with the council unless you have consented to their release or in certain circumstances where:

  • we are legally obliged to do so
  • disclosure is necessary for the proper discharge of our statutory functions
  • disclosure is necessary to enable us to provide you with a requested service or deal with your enquiry
  • we are under a duty to protect public funds

We may use the information you have provided for the prevention and detection of fraud. We may also share this information with other bodies responsible for public funds or for auditing them for these purposes.

Checks will be undertaken to protect the council against fraudulent activity. The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain additional grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back.

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