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Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and advice

Covid business support grants

Third National Lockdown Support Package

This support is for the period of the third National Lockdown, which started on 5 January 2021.

During the lockdown a significant number of businesses within the rates system are required by law to close in order to manage the spread of coronavirus.

This package is to provide support to those businesses and takes the form of a grant and a further one-off Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment.

Where a business was required to close its main, in-person service but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive grants under this scheme.

The Government has published guidance about this support package on their website which you are encouraged to read.

Eligibility for the Grant and Lockdown Payment

Businesses that are eligible are those within the rating system that have been required to close by Government during this lockdown and include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

General exclusions

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant.
  • For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme
  • Businesses which do not have rated premises (e.g. they are run from home or from shared spaces where someone else is the ratepayer)
  • Businesses which have exceeded the relevant state aid limits

Amount of grant and Lockdown Payment

Payments are based on the rateable value of the business properties concerned, as follows:

Rateable Value

Grant Payment
42 Days
5 Jan to 15 Feb

Grant Payment
44 days
16 Feb to 31 Mar

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

(Once only)

Rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under £2,001 £2,096 £4,000
Rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 £3,000 £3,143 £6,000
Rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above £4,500 £4,714 £9,000

A business which has more than one eligible rated business premises in the SWT area is entitled to more than one payment.

Payments

  • We will pay the person, partnership or company who is named as the ratepayer on our records
  • All payments will be made by bank transfer
  • Grant income received by a business is taxable, therefore payments under this scheme will be subject to tax. However, only businesses that make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax
  • These grant payments count towards state aid limits and are made under the de minimis arrangements (€200,000) or, where this limit has been exceeded, under the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework limit (€800,000),

Please see the Covid Business Support Grants page of our website for details of our approach to identifying businesses which may be entitled to this support.

Data use

Please note that data provided by businesses in relation to these grants may be shared with Government departments on request for specific assurance and analysis purposes. Data may also be securely shared with Government departments, agencies and third party organisations for the specific purpose of prevention and detection of fraud.