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updated 7.30am on 26 November 2020
As overviewed in my previous blog the grant support for businesses announced by the Chancellor on 31 October 2020 will be delivered through Local Authorities.
We thought it would be useful to give examples of how some Local Authorities are administering the scheme and at this stage, how far advanced they are in establishing the scheme. Our findings are set out below.
I would remind businesses unsure of which Local Authority(ies) their premises are based in can use this tool – https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council. This gives a website address for the Local Authority and in most cases, it is just a couple more clicks to find the relevant webpage for the two grants we are focusing on in this blog.
Local Authority, example analysis
The table below summarises the Local Authorities position in connection with the two strands of business support grants introduced/ amended to support businesses in the November 2020 lockdown as at the above date.
|Local Authority (and link to relevant page, if applicable)||Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)||Additional Restrictions Grant|
|Bristol City Council||Open for applications – link||Open for applications – and “You must apply online before midnight on 27 November 2020”. For eligibility criteria and to apply see link.|
|Exeter City Council||Open for applications – link||“A policy for Exeter is being developed and will be available on this webpage. When the policy is finalised it will be announced on our news website.”|
|Plymouth City Council (InvestPlymouth)||Open for applications – link||“Details of the scheme will follow shortly, as we first want to better understand the demand and gaps where additional support will be needed for our Plymouth businesses.”|
|Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council||Open for applications – link||“There will also be discretionary support for businesses that do not have a business rates account and for businesses that are not required to close but are severely impacted by the mandated closures. Details of the scheme will be published here and via our social media channels with a separate application process.”|
|Wiltshire Council||Open for applications – drop down menu at “My business has a business rates account and is closed due to national restrictions.”||Open for applications and – “Applications for the ARG scheme must be submitted by 5pm on Friday 18 December 2020”. For eligibility criteria and to apply go to drop down menu at “My business does not have to close but is impacted” or “My business does not have a rates account”.|
|Somerset and West Taunton||Open for applications – link||“The application process for the Somerset West and Taunton scheme and full guidance will become available in late November.”|
|Torbay Council||Open for applications – link||Open for applications – link
“Rate paying businesses not legally required to close” and “Non-rate paying businesses…”
|Cornwall Council||Open for applications – link||Open for applications and – “Your application must be made by 5pm on Monday 30 November 2020.” For eligibility criteria and to apply see link.|
We will be checking Local Authority websites on a regular basis with the aim of keeping the above table up to date.
For those in areas where the scheme is open then you can apply now.
For others who feel they could be eligible for support, I would strongly recommend you look at the relevant pages on the Local Authority websites and sign up to their newsletters and social media feeds – as these appear to be avenues through which a number of Local Authorities are keeping their business communities informed of developments.
It is also possible you may be contacted by your Local Authority – I have read that Cornwall Council are contacting around 20,500 businesses on its business rates database that could be eligible – but I would suggest a proactive approach.