Financial support to help businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Qualification for the Local Restrictions Support Grant in Knowsley

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is to assist businesses that have been legally required to close due to the Government’s local lockdown restrictions.
 
To qualify for this grant, the business must be based in Knowsley and have been:

  • Legally required to close due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government, as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984
  • Registered for the payment of non-domestic rates for the premises as at 14 October 2020
  • Trading as usual immediately before the restrictions were applied
  • Providing services in person to customers from the premises

Businesses that have been required to close under local restrictions are:

  • Pubs and bars
  • Betting shops 
  • Adult gaming centres and casinos
  • Children’s soft play centres 
  • Some sports facilities (subject to exemptions for elite sport, activities for children and disability sport)

Businesses subject to local restrictions that are implemented for less than two weeks and those that are closed for less than two weeks are not eligible for grant funding.
 
A business will not qualify for support under this particular scheme, if it was in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking off order when the local restrictions commenced in Liverpool City Region.

Please note that the Local Restrictions Support Grant is in addition to any support that a business may be entitled to from the Liverpool City Region Hospitality and Leisure Sector Emergency Fund.

Amount of Grants

Businesses which are legally required to close due to the local lockdown will receive up to £3,000 per four weeks of closure and are eligible for payment after two weeks of closure. Payments will be made in two-week cycles from 14 October 2020 onwards, however, a business will need to have been closed for the entirety of the two-week cycle to be eligible.

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £667 per two weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive grants of £1,000 per two weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £1,500 per two weeks of closure

State Aid Regulations

The Local Restrictions Support Grant will constitute State Aid. Any business accepting this grant much comply with State Aid requirements and confirmation will be requested from applicants, in order to verify this. Further advice regarding State Aid can be found on the Gov.uk website.

Fraud or Deception

The Local Restrictions Support Grant is for the ratepayer only and it will be subject to full recovery if the recipient is not the ratepayer on the eligible day and/or if the business traded from the property at any time, without the Council being informed of any such use.
 
Knowsley Council will not accept any deliberate manipulation of the grant process or any associated fraud. Any ratepayer, or their representative, caught falsifying their records to gain any payment will face prosecution and any funding will be subject to clawback.

Applications

Once further details are made available by the Government, the Council will update this page to clarify the position regarding the application process. However, it is anticipated that this process will commence around 1 November 2020, with successful applicants having payments backdated to the date of closure.