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Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

Added on: 11th September, 2020 by O1

Ministers announce new grants for businesses affected by local lockdowns

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Fri, 11 September 2020

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Businesses in England that are required to shut because of local interventions will now be able to claim up to 1,500 per property every three weeks.

Ministers have announced new funding to support businesses impacted by Covid 19.

Businesses in England required to close due to local lockdowns or targeted restrictions will now be able to receive grants worth up to 1,500 every three weeks, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay told MPs.

To be eligible for the grant, a business must have been required to close due to local Covid 19 restrictions. The largest businesses will receive 1,500 every three weeks they are required to close. Smaller businesses will receive 1,000.

Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a 3 week lockdown period. Each new 3 week lockdown period triggers an additional payment.


Any businesses still closed at a national level (e.g. nightclubs), will not be eligible.
if a business occupies a premises with a rateable value less than 51,000 or occupies a property or part of a property subject to an annual rent or mortgage payment of less than 51,000, it will receive 1000.

If a business occupies a premises with a rateable value of exactly 51,000 or above or occupies a property or part of a property subject to an annual rent or mortgage payment of exactly 51,000 or above, it will receive 1500.

Local authorities will also receive an additional 5% top up amount of business support funding to enable them to help other businesses affected by closures which may not be on the business rates list. Payments made to businesses from this discretionary fund can be any amount up to 1500, and may be less than 1000 in some cases.

Local authorities will be responsible for distributing the grants to businesses in circumstances where they are closed due to local interventions further eligibility criteria may be determined by Local authorities.

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