Local restrictions support grant

On 31 October 2020 the Government announced a new lockdown would commence on Thursday 5 November 2020 affecting businesses throughout England, requiring non-essential businesses to close.

The Government has confirmed additional COVID19 emergency funding to Chichester District Council for a Local Restriction Support Grants programme. The funding is aimed at supporting any business which has been subjected to lockdown closures and who has a rateable property.

Please view the government guidelines (Local Restrictions Support Grant A (Close) Addendum .

A list of businesses subject to closure are also available to view.

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • Businesses are only eligible if subject to national lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government from 5 November 2020
  • An applicant can apply despite receiving other grants although this may be considered in any award decision
  • An applicant must be a business liable for occupied rates in the Chichester District Council area
  • An applicant must be a business trading successfully on or before 4 November 2020
  • Businesses in administration or which are insolvent are not eligible to apply, neither are businesses where a "striking off" notice has been made
  • Businesses must provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application, as set out in the online form
  • Any grant award is subject to due diligence checks, including State Aid compliance

Timings and process for awarding grants

  • Chichester District Council will check applications for eligibility
  • Chichester District Council revenues team will carry out due diligence checks
  • The Council will advise successful applicants of the outcome by way of a remittance advice or by email if the application is not successful
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible (the aim being within 10 days from the application date)

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "November 2020 business grants" in the subject of your email.

Grant payment levels and criteria

The value of these grants has been set by central Government. Businesses that pay business rates on their premises are eligible for the following:

Rateable valueAmount

For properties with a rateable value £15K or under

£1,334 - every 4 weeks

For properties with a rateable value over £15K and less than £51K

£2,000 - every 4 weeks

For properties with a rateable value of £51K and over

£3,000 - every 4 weeks

Businesses that have had to be closed since March 2020, such as nightclubs, will also be eligible for £3,000 from 1 November 2020.

Eligible businesses will get one grant for each property liable for business rates and grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of lockdown restrictions.

Proofs required for application form

  • 1 of - Proof of identification of Ratepayer. (Financial Accounts / Passport / Driving Licence)
  • 1 of - Evidence of business trading as of 4th November (Delivery Note / Expenses Receipt / Purchase Order / Sales Receipt)
  • 1 of - Evidence that claimant is named holder of bank account (Bank Statement)
  • 2 of - Evidence of company occupying the property as of 4th November (Electric Bill / Gas Bill / Landline Bill / Water Bill)

How to make an application

Prior to completing the application form you also will need your latest Non-Domestic Rates Bill. If this is not easily to hand, sign up for paperless billing

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". No other form of application will be considered.

Discretionary Scheme - Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

This funding is to assist local economies and businesses that have been affected by the national restrictions imposed on 5 November 2020 to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Who does it help?

The scheme's intention is to help the following businesses within the Chichester district:

  • Businesses who were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed but are not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) scheme as they are not responsible for business rates (e.g. non-essential market traders, bed & breakfast, shared workspaces in the non-essential retail and hospitality sectors).
  • Businesses who, while not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector)

Exclusions

  • Businesses that have already received grant payments to State Aid limits
  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade and can operate their services effectively remotely
  • businesses that have chosen to close and will not be eligible for this grant unless they can demonstrate significant financial loss through cancelled orders and services associated with businesses in the reail, hospitality, leisure or events sector
  • businesses that were not trading as at 5 November 2020
  • Businesses in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
  • This discretionary scheme is not intended to act as a wage support measure
  • Certain businesses will not be elgible to apply. This includes Air BnB businesses due to the limited funding and the shortage of available housing within West Sussex

Grant Payment levels and criteria

Category

Grant Amount

1) Eligible mobile sole trader (e.g. taxi driver) unable to trade (or severe loss of income due to Covid19) or local business with a registered trading address within the Chichester District trading on or before 5th November 2020 (or subsequent date)

At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month / Eligible market trader, unable to trade (or severe loss of income) with ongoing costs

Up to £250 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

2) Eligible market trader unable to trade or local business within the Chichester District registered trading address, trading on or before 5th November 2020 (or subsequent date)

At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month / Eligible market trader, unable to trade with ongoing costs

Up to £500 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

3) Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list with a rateable value of £15,000 or less

Where there is no rateable value, then businesses paying rent of £15,000 per annum (£1,250 per month) or less

If no rateable value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a rateable value of £15,000 or less per annum

Up to £1,334 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro-rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

4) Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000

Where there is no rateable value, then the businesses paying rent of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum

If no rateable value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum

Up to £2,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro-rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

5) Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list with a rateable value of £51,000 or above

Where there is no rateable value, then the businesses paying rent of £51,000 or above per annum

If no rateable value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a rateable value of £51,000 or over per annum

Up to £3,000 per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro-rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

6) In exceptional circumstances any local authority in West Sussex may pay above the maximum amounts in the above boxes.

This is at the discretion of the individual Local Authority

Exceptional circumstances is not defined but businesses need to meet at least two conditions - severe loss of income and closure

Amount to be determined by each local authority per 28-day qualifying restriction period (or pro-rata per any further 14-day qualifying restriction period)

Proofs required for the application form

  • Evidence the property is closed or partially closed (e.g. a retail premises trading as click and collect only)
  • Proof of identity of sole trader or limited company
  • Evidence of unavoidale fixed property costs incurred by the business such as rent, rates or mortgage payments. This does not include personal or household costs. This should take the form of leases/agreements showing an obligation to pay and bank statements to show that payments have actually been made
  • Evidence the business falls within the criteria of those businesses required to close (or partially close) or evidence to demonstrate a loss in income as a result of national restrictions. This is likely to be in the form of filed accounts for previous years and management accounts/bank statements for the current period. For example a minimum of three months bank statements may be required
  • Details of any registration numbers (e.g. taxi drivers)
  • Confirmation of State Aid compliance. there is a requirement  for all grants to be made under this scheme to be State Aid compliant

How to make an application

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". No other form of application will be considered.

Should your application be unsuccessful you will be advised of the outcome by email. Although there is no formal right of appeal a review of the decision can be made on request.

Details on the full scheme are available to view:

Managing the risk of fraud

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to obtain a grant will face prosecution and any issued funding will be subject to repayment as may any grant paid in error.

Sharing information

By applying for a discretionary grant all applicants give authority to Chichester District Council to share data for efficient system administration (including across West Sussex) and to protect the public purse, subject to the Data Protection legislation. Chichester District Council will be required to share data with Government Departments for monitoring and other reasons. Chichester District Council is also required to provide open data and be transparent about the use of public funding in accordance with Data Protection guidelines, this grant recipient data may be subject to being published on council's websites.

Retail relief

In response to COVID-19, at Budget 2020, the government announced that it would provide additional business rate support to some small businesses.

The Chancellor announced, as a temporary measure for 2020/21 that he would:

  • Increase the level of the retail discount to 100% for eligible retail businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000;
  • Expand the retail discount to include hospitality and leisure properties, with a rateable value of less than £51,000 (such as museums, theatres, gyms and hotels);

The Chancellor then announced on 17 March 2020 further business rates support to help the most-affected firms by;

  • giving all retail, hospitality, leisure businesses & nurseries in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months

A further announcement was made on 25 March 2020 that further business rates support would be provided to affected firms by;

  • giving Employment Agencies, Estate Agents and Letting Agents, and Betting shops a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months

Any account that has been identified as being entitled to this relief, should by now have received a revised account. 

Pub relief

The chancellor also announced at Budget 2020 that the level of pubs discount would increase to £5,000 for pubs with a rateable value less than £100,000.

Businesses that qualify for this relief, have now been issued with a revised business rates account.