Restrictions Grant Scheme (Closed) – 5/11/20 – 2/12/20

Darlington Borough Council is committed to supporting our local businesses. We are working closely with government, our partners, stakeholders and other organisations. We have put together this summary of important information to help you find the support you need.

Public safety is the top priority but we, and government, recognise that people will be concerned about the effect COVID-19 will have on their businesses and their workforce.

On the 31st October 2020, the Prime Minister announced a National Lockdown in England which commences on 5th November 2020.

Under the lockdown restrictions a significant number of businesses are mandated to close to manage the spread of coronavirus. These businesses include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and 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 (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), 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, where they cannot return home, for 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, cinemas, museums and galleries, amusement arcades, bingo halls, soft play centres and areas, water parks.
  • 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 peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities. Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect

To support those businesses that are legally required to close, certain grants are being made available.

Primarily:

  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the 5th November 2020, will receive a payment of £1,334 for the 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the 5th November 2020, will receive a payment of £2,000 for the 28-day qualifying restriction period.
  • Businesses who are liable for business rates and are occupying properties appearing on council records and the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the 5th November 2020, will receive £3,000 for the 28-day qualifying restriction period.

This grant is subject to State Aid limits. The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000. This is across all UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s COVID-19 Temporary Framework.

To make a claim for support please use the Government Grant Support to Business formyou will need your Business Rates payment reference which can be found on the top left hand corner of your most recent bill.

If your business occupies a property that is not registered for business rates, please do not try to apply for the above grants. This will take resource away from where it is most needed and will delay any grant payments from being made.

Additional Restrictions Grants (discretionary)

This scheme is not open at the moment. Please continue to check back for updates.

We are currently considering the government guidance setting out the support available – this includes those businesses without a rateable value liability. We will open the scheme as soon as we can.

Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme (open)

In addition to the above schemes, the Government has also announced the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme – supporting those businesses in the hospitality and leisure sector who were substantially impacted by the imposition of the Tier 2 restrictions.  This scheme covers the period from 14 October to 4 November 2020. The full eligibility criteria and  application form can be found on our Local Restrictions Support Grant scheme page.

Business Support Organisations

If you are concerned that your business will not be able to cover payment of taxes as a consequence of COVID-19, you can access advice and guidance via the Tax Helpline[external link] or on 0800 0159 559 

Darlington’s Business Investment Team can offer help with advice and guidance on how to access the business rates measures and grants. Please contact: [email protected]

Tees Valley Combined Authority has a simple and clear webpage that provides businesses with clarity in finding and applying for support.