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

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Applications are now open for Local Restrictions Support Grants (for Closed Businesses) that have been legally required to close due to national restrictions introduced from 5 January 2021.



 

Business Support Package for National Restrictions Introduced From 5 January 2021

Following the introduction of national restrictions by the Government, the eligibility for the Local Restrictions Support Grants (for Closed Businesses) has been amended to assist businesses that had been legally required to close due to the national restrictions introduced from 5 January 2021. A one-off Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment will also be made to eligible businesses.

To qualify for these grants, the business must be based in Knowsley and have been:

  • Legally required to close due to national 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 5 January 2021
  • Have been open and trading as usual immediately before the national restrictions were applied from 5 January 2021 (unless subject to closure under the previous Tier 2 and/or Tier 3 local restrictions for Liverpool City Region).
  • Have been providing services in person to customers from the premises prior to the introduction of the restrictions

Businesses Required to Close Under National Restrictions

Businesses that are required to close under national restrictions are:

  • All non-essential retail
  • Personal care facilities (e.g. hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons)
  • Hospitality and entertainment venues
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities 
  • Accommodation

You can find a more detailed list of the businesses that will need to close on GOV.UK.
 
Examples of businesses that will be excluded from the schemes are:

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses subject to legal restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the legal restrictions, as defined by Government.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been legally required to do so.
  • Businesses which have 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.
  • Businesses that were in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Amount of Grants

Businesses that are legally required to close due to the national restrictions imposed will receive the following grants:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a one-off Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment of £4,000, along with an additional grant of £2,001 for the 42-days of closure from 5 January 2021 onwards (Total of £6,001) 
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will recieve a one-off Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment of £6,000 along with an additional grant of £3,000 for the 42-days of closure from 5 January 2021 ownwards (Total of £9,000)
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive a one-off Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment of £9,000, along with an additional grant of £4,500 for the 42-days of closure from 5 January 2021 onwards (Total of £13,500).

The two amounts will ordinarily be paid to eligible businesses as a single combined payment. A business will need to be closed for the entirety of the 42-day cycle to be eligible for the grant payment.
 
Any changes to the rateable value of the property made after 5 January 2021, including changes which have been backdated, will not be taken into consideration for the purpose of eligibility to the grant.

State Aid Regulations

The Closed Business Lockdown Payment and Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) 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 Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment and Local Restrictions Support Grant (for Closed Businesses) 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.

Privacy Notice

Details regarding the use of information provided with the application can be found on the council's website.

Applications

Please note that to complete this application form you will need:

  • The 10-digit account reference from your Non-Domestic Rate bill
  • Your business bank account details
  • A scan or photo of a bank statement from the last 3 months to upload with your application
  • Company registration number (if you are a limited company)
  • The ratepayer and trading name from your non-domestic rate account

Businesses that were not legally required to close under the national restrictions should not apply for this grant, as they will not be entitled and all such applications will be rejected.

Apply for the Business Support Package (for Closed Businesses) due to National Restrictions from 5 January 2021
 

Qualification for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) due to National Restrictions

Following the introduction of national restrictions by the Government, the eligibility for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) has been amended to assist businesses that had been legally required to close due to the national restrictions introduced from 5 November 2020.

To qualify for this grant, the business must be based in Knowsley and have been:

  • Legally required to close due to national 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 5 November 2020
  • Have been open and trading as usual immediately before the national restrictions were applied (unless subject to closure from 14 October 2020 under the previous Tier 3 local restrictions for Liverpool City Region).
  • Have been providing services in person to customers from the premises prior to the introduction of the restrictions

Businesses Required to Close Under National Restrictions

Businesses that are required to close under national restrictions are:

  • All non-essential retail
  • Personal care facilities (e.g. hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons)
  • Hospitality and entertainment venues
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities 
  • Accommodation

You can find a more detailed list of the businesses that will need to close on GOV.UK.
 
Examples of businesses that will be excluded from the scheme are:

  • Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors).
  • Businesses subject to legal restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the legal restrictions, as defined by Government.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been legally required to do so.
  • Businesses which have 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.
  • Businesses that were in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Amount of Grants

Businesses that are legally required to close due to the national restrictions imposed will receive the following grants:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £1,334 per four weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive grants of £2,000 per four weeks of closure
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £3,000 per four weeks of closure.

A business will need to be closed for the entirety of the four-week cycle to be eligible for payment
 
Any changes to the rateable value of the property made after 5 November 2020, including changes which have been backdated, will not be taken into consideration for the purpose of eligibility to the grant.

State Aid Regulations

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) 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 (Closed) 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.

Privacy Notice

Details regarding the use of information provided with the application can be found on the council's website.

Applications

Please note that to complete this application form you will need:

  • The 10-digit account reference from your Non-Domestic Rate bill
  • Your business bank account details
  • A scan or photo of a bank statement from the last 3 months to upload with your application
  • Company registration number (if you are a limited company)
  • The ratepayer and trading name from your non-domestic rate account

Businesses that were not legally required to close under the national restrictions should not apply for this grant, as they will not be entitled and all such applications will be rejected.
Apply for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Due to National Restrictions from 5 November 2020

 

Qualification for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) due to Tier 3 Local Restrictions in the Liverpool City Region from 14 October 2020 until 4 November 2020

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) was initially introduced to assist businesses that had been legally required to close due to the Government’s Tier 3 local restrictions, which were introduced in Liverpool City Region from 14 October 2020.
 
This specific part of the scheme ceased on 4 November 2020, as the national restrictions were introduced the following day. However, payments will still be backdated where businesses satisfy the eligibility criteria.
 
To qualify for this grant for closures commencing on 14 October 2020, the business must be based in Knowsley and have been:

  • Legally required to close from 14 October 2020 due to Tier 3 local 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
  • Have been open and trading as usual immediately before the local restrictions were applied
  • Have been providing services in person to customers from the premises prior to the introduction of the restrictions

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 (from 24 October 2020 only)
  • Some sports facilities (subject to exemptions for elite sport, activities for children and disability sport).

Examples of businesses that will be excluded from this particular scheme are:

  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the local restrictions and able to continue to trade from 14 October 2020 because they are not in the sectors listed above
  • Businesses subject to legal restrictions that are implemented for less than 14 days and businesses that are closed for less than 14 days.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been legally required to do so.
  • Businesses which have 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.
  • Businesses that were in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.

Amount of Grants

Eligible businesses which are legally required to close from 14 October 2020, due to the Tier 3 local restrictions in the Liverpool City Region will receive a grant of:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive a payment of £1,048.14
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive a payment of £1,571.42
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive a payment of £2,357.14

Any changes to the rateable value of the property made after 14 October 2020, including changes which have been backdated, will not be taken into consideration for the purpose of eligibility to the gran

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.

Privacy Notice

Details regarding the use of information provided with the application can be found on the council's website.

Applications

Businesses that were not legally required to close under the Tier 3 local restrictions introduced from 14 October 2020 should not apply for this grant, as they will not be entitled and all such applications will be rejected.

Please note that to complete this application form you will need:

  • The 10-digit account reference from your Non-Domestic Rate bill
  • Your business bank account details
  • A scan or photo of a bank statement from the last 3 months to upload with your application
  • Company registration number (if you are a limited company)
  • The ratepayer and trading name from your non-domestic rate account

Please note that if the business is also eligible for further financial support from 5 November 2020, you will be invited to apply for subsequent payments at the end of this particular part of the application process.
Apply for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Due to Tier 3 Local Restrictions in Liverpool City Region from 14 October 2020 until 4 November 2020
 

Businesses Subject to Tier 2 Local Restrictions (From 2 December 2020 onwards)

As a result of the implementation of Tier 2 local restrictions in Liverpool City Region from 2 December 2020 onwards, the following rules will apply:

  • Pubs and bars must remain closed, unless operating as a restaurant, and hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with a substantial meal. (They may remain open for take-away services).

If a pub or bar was required to close during the period for which the Tier 2 restrictions apply because the business will not be able to provide meals, then further grant payments may be payable to eligible businesses.

Amount of Grants

Payments will be made in 14-day cycles from 2 December 2020 onwards, however, a business will need to have been closed for the entirety of the 14-day cycle to be eligible.

 
Eligible businesses which are legally required to close from 2 December 2020, due to the Tier 2 local restrictions in the Liverpool City Region will receive a grant of:

  • Properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under will receive grants of £667 for each 14-day cycle of closure.
  • Properties with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 will receive grants of £1,000 for each 14-day cycle of closure.
  • Properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over will receive grants of £1,500 for each 14-day cycle of closure.

Any changes to the rateable value of the property made after 14 October 2020, including changes which have been backdated, will not be taken into consideration for the purpose of eligibility to the grant.
If a business occupies a property that contains multiple services, then a grant will only be payable if the main service is required to close. If the main service is not required to close, unfortunately it will not be eligible for this grant.

Applications

Businesses that have already received grant payments due to closure during the Tier 3 restrictions will not ordinarily need to apply for these grants. The Business Grants Team will contact the person who made the original application for the business, in order to clarify eligibility and confirm any subsequent action needed.

Should any business believe that they are liable for payment of the grant from 2 December 2020 but who had not claimed during the previous period of local restrictions, they should contact the Business Grants Team directly. The Team can be reached by calling: 0151 443 4030/5880.

Keep up to date with future announcements

You can register your details on our Business Support database if you want to be updated on any future rounds of funding, or the business support that’s available in Knowsley.