Coronavirus (COVID-19) National Lockdown Grant Scheme

Introduction

The government have announced a business support grant scheme to cover the 4 week national lockdown period.

The scheme will cover businesses occupying properties that appear on the rating list and that have been required by law to close by Central Government (see list below).

Criteria

The grant is payable to the ratepayer of the property and the value of payment available is dependent on the rateable value of the property, the thresholds are as shown below:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or less will receive £1,334
  • Properties with a rateable value over £15,000 but less than £51,000 will receive £2,000
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive £3,000

According to the Gov.uk website the list of businesses and venues required to close are:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods, mobile phone shops and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs (with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway, click-and collect, drive through or delivery).
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites (Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone's main residence if they cannot return home, those premises being used to house homeless people or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes).
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and 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 and 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, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close (but outdoor grounds to these premises can stay open).
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people's homes.
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities.
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals.

Grants are not available to businesses:

  • that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct, in-person services from the premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants and solicitors are excluded from this grant scheme)
  • those who have chosen to close but have not been instructed to
  • that are in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

How to apply

Please note: This update is based upon latest Government guidance and may be subject to change if any Central Government announcements affect the qualifying criteria

Discretionary Scheme

In addition to the above national scheme, there will be a discretionary scheme in place. The details of this scheme are currently be determined and the application process will be published here when finalised.