Launched today (6 April), the Recovery Loan Scheme (RLS) ‘provides financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic’.…
As the previous version of this blog was written before the introduction of Tier 4 and the tier re-brandings on 31 December, I thought an update is timely.
The reference material is contained in my previous blog.
As a reminder these grants are administered through Local Authorities and if you are unsure which Local Authorities your premises are in you can use this tool – https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council.
Tiers and applicable grant
This is my understanding (as at 4 January 2020) of the grants available in specific tiers:
|Tier||Rate paying business?||Legally required to close?||Grant scheme|
|2, 3 or 4||Yes||Yes||Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)|
|2 or 3||Yes||No – but severely impacted by restrictions in place||Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open)|
|3||No/ Yes||No – but “effectively forced to close” or “severely impacted by the restrictions” (e.g., businesses which supply the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector.)
Or, “to larger local businesses which are important to the local economy, on top of the funding provided to those businesses via the LRSG (Closed) scheme”.
|Additional Restrictions Grant|
|2 or 3||Christmas Support Payment for wet led pubs (CSP) – see further below.|
A quick overview of the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs:
- Supports pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food and have been severely impacted over the festive season (December 2020) due to temporary local restrictions.
- Eligible businesses may be entitled to a one-off cash grant of £1,000 from their local council in areas under Tier 2 or Tier 3 local restrictions.
- Local councils will use their discretion to identify the right businesses to receive this funding.
|Bristol||3||Open for applications for LRSG (Addendum, Closed, Sector) and Christmas Support Payment. Noting:
LRSG (Open) – “We’re working on this and will update this page when the application process is open.”
|Plymouth (City Council and Visit Plymouth)||3
||Tier 2 grants: Closed Pubs – The Council is using details obtained through the LRSG and ARG application process to provide the funding, but is directly contacting any pubs which have not yet claimed their grants
Tier 2 grants: Pubs and other hospitality businesses with loss of income – Details provided in [national lockdown] applications will be used to process the Tier 2 grant funding, so you must apply for the national lockdown grants first.
There is no additional application form to complete for the Tier 2 grant funding, you will be contacted by email.
LRSG (closed) – If you have already received a LRSG grant you do not need to apply again for Tier 2 funding, we will be contacting eligible businesses with further information. Link to [new] applicants to apply at Plymouth City Council website.
|Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council||4||LRSG (closed) Addendum Scheme Tier 4 (from 31 December 2020) – If you received a LRSG payment for November’s lockdown you will not need to apply as payments will be issued automatically. Businesses that have not previously received this support and are now required to close may still apply.
LRSG (open) -You may still apply for the preceding period of restrictions (2 December to 30 December 2020). Under Tier 4 restrictions from 31 December this scheme does not apply, please see the Closed Addendum scheme.
LRSG (closed) – This scheme is for the local restrictions that came into effect on 2 December 2020. As the local restrictions followed national lockdown measures, requiring the extended closure of eligible businesses, it is accepted that those businesses are still trading. You may still apply for the preceding period of restrictions. Under Tier 4 restrictions from 31 December this scheme does not apply, please see the Closed Addendum scheme.
CSP – This scheme will close on 29 December 2020 and applications must be received by 31 January 2021.
Applications to all the above, as applicable, can made via links at webpage.
|Somerset and West Taunton – full details of Business Support Grants at drop down menu at link||4||LRSG (Closed) – “We have emailed all pubs and bars that have previously claimed a different Coronavirus support grant from us inviting them to apply, if eligible. For those pubs and bars that haven’t previously been awarded a Coronavirus support grant we will be creating an application process in early January.”
LRSG (Open) – “We have emailed all rated businesses in the accommodation, leisure and hospitality sectors that have previously claimed a different Coronavirus support grant from us inviting them to apply, if eligible. For those rated businesses in these sectors that haven’t previously been awarded a Coronavirus support grant we will be creating an application process in early January.”
Christmas Support for Wet led pubs – “We have emailed all pubs and wine bars that have previously claimed a different Coronavirus support grant from us, inviting them to apply, if eligible.”
We recommend that businesses that think they may be eligible for grants as a result of Covid-19 restrictions should sign up to receive news from their Local Authorities.
And it would appear in some cases the Local Authority should be making contact (so maybe diarise contacting them if you have not heard from them).