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Coronavirus: Information and advice

The Government has introduced Local Restrictions Support Grants to help businesses within the Business Rates System that have been legally required to close due to restrictions being put in place to manage coronavirus.

Who is eligible?

The grants are available for those businesses within the Business Rates system that were open and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises and were then legally required to close. Eligible businesses are those:

  • required to close during localised restrictions when Oldham was placed in Tier 3 restrictions from 23 October 2020 until 4 November 2020 (i.e. before national lockdown began). This affects:
    • pubs and bars who had to close from this date, it excludes pubs and bars that stayed open to operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal and where alcohol was served as part of such meal
    • casinos
    • bingo halls
    • betting shops
    • adult gaming centres
    • soft play centres
  • required to close from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020 under the national lockdown This affects businesses as determined by law
  • required to close in March 2020 and not yet been allowed to reopen. Eligibility for this scheme starts from 1 November 2020 until 4 November 2020 (i.e. until national lockdown began) and affects nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues

Businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue e.g. restaurants but have been forced to close these services and instead provide takeaway-only or delivery services may be eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.  

Who is not eligible?

  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been legally required to close
  • Businesses that were already closed before being legally required to close
  • Businesses that can continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises (e.g. accountants, solicitors);
  • 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;
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Please note: The Council is taking one application and will assess eligibility for grants covering 3 Government schemes. These are:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) for the period 23 October to 4 November 2020 covering the period when Oldham went into Tier 3 Restrictions;
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) covering the period 5 November to 2 December 2020 and while the national lockdown is in force; and
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) covering the period from 1 November 2020 to 4 November 2020 for businesses closed since March 2020 and unable to re-open e.g. nightclubs.

Further detailed eligibility criteria for these 3 schemes is available:

Funding

Eligible businesses will be able to access up to £3,000 per four weeks of closure

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £1,334 per four weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000 per four weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000 per four weeks of closure

Before you start

You will need the following information to complete the application form:

  • Your Business Rates Account Reference Number (this will be on your most recent bill).
  • A copy of your latest bank statement (one issued within the last three months which clearly shows the name of the business or ratepayer; address; sort code and account number).

Fraud

You may face prosecution if you have manipulated or falsified your position in order to obtain these payments, including failure to close your business which puts others at risk.

Any payment made as a result of fraud may be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

The Government is supporting Local Councils to make the necessary checks to ensure payments can be verified and have been made correctly.

State Aid

The United Kingdom left the EU on 31 January 2020. Under the Withdrawal Agreement, the State Aid rules continue to apply during a transition period, subject to regulation by the EU Commission.

Businesses who receive awards of Government grant funding such as the Local Restrictions Support Grant are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid.

Payments made will be provided under the existing De Minimis rules, provided doing so does not exceed the €200,000 threshold.

Payments made where the De Minimis threshold has been reached will be paid under the Covid-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities (threshold €800,000).

Businesses that have reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding.

Data Sharing

Oldham Council will use your data for the processing of your Local Restriction Support Grant application.

We may check the information you provide or the information about you which somebody else provides, with other details we hold. If the law allows us, we may also receive information from other people or organisations or give information to them to check the accuracy of records, to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways.

All information is processed in accordance with the Council’s data protection policy (www.oldham.gov.uk/dataprotection).

Application Process

You can apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant if you are registered for Business Rates and have been legally required to close your business.

You only need to apply for the grant once and the Council will determine your eligibility under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) in relation to Tier 3 closures and national lockdown closures and Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) as appropriate.

If your business is closed for more than one period of four weeks under National Lockdown arrangements, we will determine your eligibility for future payments based on your initial application.

Please check this page for further details about discretionary support available to other businesses which will be available soon under the Government Schemes Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) and Additional Restrictions Grant. More details about both these schemes are available:

We do not accept applications from third parties for the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Local Restrictions Support Grants are subject to tax and will need to be declared by businesses in their tax returns

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant