PWA Update on Local Authorty Grants – South Cambs DC (7th Dec 2020)

LOCAL AUTHORITY GRANTS

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services.

Businesses that were open as usual and providing in-person (face-to-face) services to customers from their business premises, immediately prior to being required to close on November 5, may be eligible for this funding.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

Which businesses are eligible for LRSG

  • If your business is in list A, you can apply for LRSG. This is businesses and venues which have been ordered to close.
  • If your business is in list B, you cannot apply for LRSG. This is businesses and venues which can remain open.
  • If your business is not in either list, but your normal business requires that you serve members of the public face-to-face, you may be entitled to an Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARSG), if you can show that your business is similar to one of those in list A.

List A (businesses and venues ordered to close)    GRANT AVAILABLE

Non-essential retail, such as:

  • Clothing stores
  • Homeware stores
  • Vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)
  • Betting shops
  • Tailors
  • Tobacco and vape shops
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Market stalls selling non-essential goods.

If your main business provides in-person services under the above categories, but chooses to change its method of operation to provide takeaway, click and collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) or online services with delivery during the lockdown period, it will still be counted as closed and so you are eligible to apply for a Support Grant.

However, if your business normally operates as a take away, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery, you are not eligible for a Support Grant. This is because you are able to continue trading as normal during the National Lockdown, and have not been ordered to close.

Hospitality venues, such as:

  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Social clubs

If your main business provides in-person services under the above categories, but chooses to change its method of operation to provide takeaway, click and collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) or online services with delivery during the lockdown period, it will still be counted as closed and so you are eligible to apply for a Support Grant.

However, if your business normally operates as a take away, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery, you are not eligible for a Support Grant. This is because you are able to continue trading as normal during the National Lockdown, and have not been ordered to close.

Accommodation, such as:

  • Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Guest houses

If these premises operate under one of the exemptions from closure, for example, if it acts as someone’s main residence where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential for someone to stay there for work purposes, you are eligible to apply for a Support Grant.

Leisure and sports facilities, such as:

  • Leisure centres
  • Gyms
  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Golf courses
  • Fitness and dance studios
  • Climbing walls
  • Archery, driving, and shooting ranges

Entertainment venues, such as:

  • Theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Casinos
  • Amusement arcades
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Skating rinks
  • Go-karting venues
  • Soft play centres and areas
  • Circuses
  • Funfairs
  • Zoos and other animal attractions
  • Water parks and theme parks.

Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.

Personal care facilities, such as:

  • Hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons.
  • Tattoo parlours and body and skin piercing services
  • Spas
  • Massage parlours

List B (businesses and venues which can remain open)    NO GRANT

This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Food shops.
  • Garden centres.
  • Hardware stores.
  • Building merchants.
  • Off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations.
  • Car repair and MOT services.
  • Bicycle shops.
  • Taxi businesses.
  • Vehicle hire businesses.
  • Building societies.
  • Post offices.
  • Loan providers.
  • Money transfer businesses.
  • Funeral directors.
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners.
  • Medical and dental services.
  • Vets and pet shops.
  • Agricultural supplies shops.
  • Storage and distribution facilities.
  • Car parks.
  • Public toilets.
  • Motorway service areas
  • Outdoor playgrounds.
  • Estate Agents.

How to apply

Applications are now open. Before make your application, please make sure you have the following:

  • Your business rates reference number – this is on your business rates bill.
  • Your companies house number – if you are a Limited Company.
  • Your passport or driving licence – if you are a Sole Trader or Partnership.
  • Your VAT number – if you are registered to pay VAT.
  • A bank statement – covering the period to 31 October or beyond. Please scan this as a PDF document, so you can attach it to the application form.
  • The bank account details to which the Support Grant is to be paid.

 

Additional restrictions grant

The Additional Restrictions Support Grant (ARSG) has been made available by Government for each Local Authority to use its discretion to decide how best to support local businesses affected by local / national restrictions. South Cambridgeshire District Council will make this funding available to the following business types:

  • Non-rate paying businesses required to close by law because of the national lockdown measures (e.g. those operating in shared spaces or spaces where they pay rent but are not the ratepayer)
  • Non-rate paying business who have not been mandated to close themselves but have been severely impacted by the restrictions, for example businesses that form part of the supply chain to others that have been forced to close. These businesses will need to demonstrate a severe, direct impact of the restrictions in terms of significantly reduced sales, revenue and/or income because of the lockdown.
  • Rate-paying businesses who have not been mandated to close themselves, but have been severely impacted by the restrictions, for example, businesses that form part of the supply chain to others that have been forced to close. These businesses will need to demonstrate a severe, direct impact of the restrictions in terms of significantly reduced sales, revenue and/or income because of the lockdown.

Businesses falling within the above categories and who are within South Cambridgeshire District Council’s boundaries, will receive a single grant of up to £3,000 to cover the four-week national lockdown period. The grant amounts will be fixed based on the rental costs of the business at the below rates. Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive a grant for each eligible property.

Current eligibility criteria are:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants of £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of between £15k to £51k, grants of £2,000 per month, or £1,000 per two weeks
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants of £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks.

Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme for Businesses (LRDHS)

Our Local Restrictions Discretionary Hardship Scheme (LRDHS) is here to support businesses that face extreme hardship as a result of pandemic restrictions on business operations, but who may not be eligible for LRSG or ARSG and/or have received limited state aid/financial assistance to date.

Businesses seeking further support will be asked to provide a written statement explaining how their business has been severely adversely affected by the restrictions and why support should be given. A short, written statement of no more than 500 words should include details of year on year income, sales and/or revenue losses where applicable, why they have been ineligible for other government-related schemes (if applicable) and details of how any monies received from this fund will be used. Relevant evidence should be provided in support of any application.

In taking decisions on the LRDHS, South Cambridgeshire District Council will take the following into account:

  • The level of fixed costs faced by the business in question
  • The number of employees
  • Whether businesses have had to close completely and are unable to trade online
  • The consequent scale of COVID-19 losses
  • Whether the business provides goods and services which are of great benefit to the district or neighbourhood in which it is located
  • Businesses must have been trading as a going concern prior the pandemic and must be able to demonstrate short-medium term plans for sustained business recovery.

The amount of support awarded would be determined on a case by case basis, but will be limited to a maximum of £3,000, unless exceptional circumstances apply.