Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment and Local Restrictions Support Grant

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment - England

The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP) in England supports businesses that have been required to close due to the national lockdown that began 5 January 2021. Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of up to £9,000 from their local council. Local councils will pay the same businesses that are eligible to receive the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum for the national lockdown period that began on 5 January.

Your business may be eligible if it:

  •      is based in England
  •       occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  •       has been required to close because of the national lockdown from 5 January 2021 onwards
  •      has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

This could include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities, tourism and hospitality businesses. It could also include businesses that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.

Eligible businesses can get one grant for each non-domestic property.

The deadline to apply for the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment is 31 March 2021.

See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-your-business-is-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-closed-businesses-lockdown-payment

Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses) – England

The Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG (Closed) and LRSG (Closed) Addendum: Tier 4) support businesses that have been required to close due to temporary local restrictions.

You can apply for a grant if your business is either:

  •          in an area of local Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions and has been required to close because of local restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 9 September
  •         in an area of local Tier 4 restrictions and has been required to close because of local restrictions that resulted in a first full day of closure on or after 19 December

You will need to show that your business:

  •          is based in England
  •          occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  •          has been required to close for at least 14 days because of the restrictions
  •          has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

For example, this could include pubs and restaurants that operate primarily as an in-person venue, but which have been forced to close those services and provide a takeaway-only service instead.

Eligible businesses can get one grant for each non-domestic property within the restriction area.

Application deadlines

The deadlines to apply for the national lockdown LRSG (Closed) Addendum schemes are:

Scheme

End date

National lockdown, 5 November 2020

31 March 2021

National lockdown, 5 January 2021: first payment cycle, 5 January to 15 February

31 March 2021

National lockdown, 5 January 2021: second payment cycle, 16 February to 31 March

31 May 2021

See: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-local-restrictions-support-grant-for-closed-businesses

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