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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum

The LRSG (Closed) Addendum is for businesses that were required to close under national coronavirus restrictions from 5 November to 2 December 2020, and from 5 January 2021 onwards. This includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses. View a full list of business categories required to close on GOV.UK.

The grant is for those who pay business rates on their premises.

If you have applied before

If you applied for and received the LRSG (Closed) Addendum previously, you don't need to re-apply.

You will receive an automatic payment covering the 44 days from 16 February to 31 March 2021.

If this is your first time applying

Applications for the payment periods of 5 November to 2 December 2020 and 5 January to 15 February 2021 are now closed.

You can still apply for the 44 day payment period from 16 February to 31 March 2021. Applications for this payment period will close on 31 May 2021. 

Payments

If your premises has a rateable value of:

  • £15,000 or under, you will be paid £667 per 14 days of closure
  • over £15,000 and below £51,000 will be paid £1,000 per 14 days of closure
  • exactly £51,000 or over will be paid £1,500 per 14 days of closure

Eligibility

To qualify, your business must be in the Dorset Council area and must have been:

  • open as usual before national restrictions, and
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises, and
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by government, and
  • paying business rates for the premises before restrictions started

If your business premises is required to close but you are operating a click and collect service, you can still apply. This could be a pub or restaurant operating a takeaway service, or a shop offering home delivery as an alternative to your usual business.

Businesses with more than one qualifying property will receive more than one grant.

Apply

You can complete the application for your business if you were the ratepayer on the first full day of local or national restrictions. The funding will be paid to you as the ratepayer.

You will need to provide your:

  • business address
  • business rates account reference and rateable value
  • business bank account details

Exclusions

You are not eligible for this grant if your business:

  • is able to continue to trade because it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and could operate services remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)
  • has chosen to close but not been required to by government
  • has already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • was in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made

Tax

Any grant income your business receives is taxable. You must include the Local Restrictions Support Grant as income on your tax return. You'll only pay tax if your business makes an overall profit once grant income is included.

Fraud or payment in error

We will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud. Any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and funding issued will be recovered. Funding may also be recovered for any grants paid in error.

We undertake pre and post payment checks to combat the risks of fraud and payment error.

Additional Restrictions Grant 

If you do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant, the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) is available for businesses that are either required to close, or that remain open but are significantly impacted and have suffered a severe loss of income directly as a result of January national lockdown.

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