Local Restrictions Support Grant Tier 4 - running from 31 December 2020 & Closed Business Lockdown Payments running from 5 January 2021
On the 30th December 2020, the Darlington Borough Council area came under Tier 4 restrictions effective from 31st December 2020 and on the 5th January 2021 we entered a period of National Lockdown.
Under these 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 11pm), 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.
- 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 31st December 2020, will receive a payment of £667 for each 14-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 31st December 2020, will receive a payment of £1,000 for each 14-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 31st December 2020, will receive £1,500 for each 14-day qualifying restriction period.
The funding will be provided pro-rata in one payment for the period 31 December 2020 to 15 February 2021, as follows:
- For businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - £2,239.21
- For businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less that £51,000 - £3,357.14
- For businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above - £5,035.71
In addition we will also pay a Closed Business Lockdown Payment, this will be a one-off top-up payment for businesses legally required to close, as follows:
- For businesses with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under - £4,000
- For businesses with a rateable value over £15,000 and less that £51,000 - £6,000
- For businesses with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above - £9,000
This grant is subject to State Aid limits. The maximum level of aid that a company may receive is €800,000 under the terms of the European Commission’s Covid-19 Temporary Framework, this is in addition to the existing EU State Aid De-Minimis Regulations which allows €200,000 to any one organisation over a three year period.
Grant income received by a business is taxable and will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.
To make a claim for support please use the:
You 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, or has not been legally mandated to close, please do not try to apply for the above grant.
This will take resource away from where it is most needed and will delay any grant payments from being made.