In October, the Government announced a national lockdown in England. This meant many businesses were forced to close for a fixed 28-day period from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020.
The latest Local Restriction Support Grant will help businesses that have had to close due to the new national restrictions by providing financial support.
The following type of businesses are eligible for this grant:
- Non-essential retail
To be eligible for this grant businesses must be registered at a property which business rates are payable and either:
- Has been required to close for at least 4 weeks because of the national lockdown, or
- Has adapted the business to offer Takeaway or 'Click and Collect' products
Businesses which have been forced to close by law under national lockdown will receive:
- For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be a one- off payment of £1,334
- For properties with a rateable value of between £15k-£51k, grants to be a one-off payment of £2,000
- For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be a one-off payment of £3,000
Further to the Local Restrictions Support Grant, the Council has also received funding from the government to be used as part of a discretionary grant for businesses. This grant is different as it is for individual Councils who determine the eligibility criteria and the amount given to each business. Decisions are still being made regarding the schemes policy and eligibility.
Councillor Mark Crane, Leader of the Selby District Council, said: “Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic our staff have worked hard to support businesses within the Selby District area. So far, we have supported 1569 businesses and distributed over £17.6m in funding.
“The new national restrictions mean more businesses have had to close. The new Local Restrictions Support Grant and discretionary scheme will provide financial support to businesses who’ve either had to closed or adapt how the business is run.
“As a council we’re committed to helping businesses as much as possible. The distribution of these grants is a top priority for us and payments will be made as soon as possible.”