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Additional Restrictions Grant

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant closed on 30 June 2021.

Following the Government announcement in mid-June that Step 3 restrictions were to be extended into July, the Council acknowledges that businesses in the events sector and large group venues remain most affected.

Therefore, in July, the following payments will be made.

Eligibility will only be open to businesses that made contact with the Council for Covid support by completion of the relevant Register of Interest form prior to 30 June 2021.

Hospitality & Leisure Step 3 Payment

  • Businesses that were not eligible for a Restart Grant and operate in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors whose operations continue to be affected by the extension of Step 3 restrictions.
  • Other organisations that were not eligible for a Restart Grant that remain severely impacted because their main trade is closely linked to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors through supplying or servicing the sector. (e.g. event industry suppliers, group travel and tour operators).
Payment level Amount
Level 1 £500
Level 2 £1,000
Level 3 £1,500
Level 4 £2,000

Event Venues Step 3 payment

Events Venues that are business rated whose operations have been disrupted or continue to be severely affected by the extension of Step 3 restrictions.

A full list of business types that the Council is able to assist can be found below. Please note, we are only able to fund those with a business rating description that matches exactly to one of those on the list.

Businesses with the following business rates descriptions on their business premises are those which are eligible to receive funding from Somerset West and Taunton Council’s Additional Restrictions Grant Event Venues Step 3 payment.

  • Arts centre and premises
  • Cinema and premises
  • Community centre
  • Community centre and premises
  • Conference room and premises
  • Dance studio and Premises
  • Function rooms and premises
  • Function venue, self catering holiday units and premises
  • Gym and premises
  • Gymnasium and premises
  • Gymnasium/Fitness Centre and Premises
  • Hall and Premises
  • Heritage railway and premises
  • Indoor bowling centre and premises
  • Leisure attraction and premises
  • Leisure centre and premises
  • Meeting rooms and premises
  • Museum
  • Museum and premises
  • Sports centre and premises
  • Swimming pool and premises
  • Theatre and premises
  • Tropical centre and premises

Eligibility will only be open to businesses that made contact with the Council for Covid support by completion of the relevant Register of Interest form prior to 30 June 2021.

We will be making direct contact with each business that the payment applies to during the second week of July.

Payment level Amount
Rateable value < £15,000 £1,000
Rateable value £15,001 to £50,000 £1,500
Rateable value £50,001 and over £2,000

Background to the scheme

The Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (ARG), supported businesses through the winter national lockdown period between 31 Dec 2020 and 11 April.

The Government awarded local authorities funding to support those businesses falling outside the scope of other business support grant schemes. With this funding, Somerset West and Taunton Council developed its own policy for an ARG Scheme to operate during times of Tier 4 and National Lockdown restrictions. Details of the policy and addendum can be found at the links below:

The purpose of the scheme has been to provide assistance to businesses to help with fixed business costs during periods in which trading may have been difficult due to the Covid restrictions. The scheme has not been designed as a wage substitution scheme.

Eligibility

Any business owner or sole trader whose business had been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions could apply provided the business was not eligible to claim for Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed (LRSGC). These could be:

  • Businesses outside the business rates system which have been effectively forced to close, or have been impacted.
  • Businesses within the business rates system which may not legally be forced to close, but are nonetheless impacted.

In addition:

  • The business must have suffered significant loss in trade due to the crisis and (not through general failure in business).
  • The business must have fixed ongoing costs which are unavoidable.
  • The business must have proved that it is a clearly defined business, undertaking a recognised trade.
  • The business must have been trading from the day before 19 December 2020 announcement of Tier 4 restrictions. Where businesses were closed due to restrictions that preceded the Tier 4 restrictions, it was accepted that those businesses are still trading.

General Exclusions 

  • Businesses that had received a grant from the LRSGC scheme or will be eligible for Restart Grant.
  • Businesses that were not severely impacted as they could continue to provide their main services normally or operate their services remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses that had been established after the introduction of the restrictions.
  • Businesses which had exceeded the relevant state aid limits.
  • Businesses in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made were not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Amount of grant awards

All applications have been assessed using the same criteria to determine the level of support provided. The process requested information on three broad areas:

  • How your business has been affected by the lockdown
  • The fixed costs of your business
  • The number of employees of your business

The Council has awarded grants at the following levels:

  Payment 1
Dec 20 – Feb 21
Payment 2
Feb 21 – Mar 21
Payment 3
Easing of Lockdown payment April
Payment 4
Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation Payment
May 2021
Level 1 £839 £786

£250

£625

Level 2 £1,679 £1,571 £500 £1,250
Level 3 £2,518 £2,357 £750 £1,875
Level 4 £3,357 £3,143 £1,000 £2,500

Successful applications for which we received a Register of Interest form before 1 April were awarded grant funding for payment periods 1, 2 and 3 in the table above.

Successful applicants that completed a Register of Interest form between 1 April and 11 April were awarded grant funding for payment periods 2 and 3 in the table above.

From 12 April 2021 the scheme which supported businesses through the winter national lockdown closed to new applicants. Applicants completing a Register of Interest form between 12 April and 30 June were not considered for periods 1,2 and 3 and only considered for period 4 and onwards if they fit the qualifying sector criteria.

From May the Council provided support only to the following business types provided the business was not eligible for a Restart Grant:

  • Businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors that continued to be under restriction until mid-May.
  • Other organisations that remained severely impacted because their main trade was closely linked to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors through supplying or servicing the sector. (e.g. breweries, industrial laundries, group travel and tour operators, boarding catteries and kennels, event industry suppliers).