Empty, unoccupied properties

Grants for businesses

BUSINESS SUPPORT GRANTS

Update for Businesses

The Government have announced that funding will be made for those business rated premises which have been mandated to close. The funding is for the period 16 February 2021 – 31 March 2021 (44 days) and is as follows:

  16 Feb – 31 March 2021
Class of Covid Restriction National Restrictions
LRSG (Closed) Addendum  
RV up to £15,000 £2,096
RV £15,000 TO £51,000 £3,143
RV over £51,000 £4,714
           

If you have received the January lockdown payment, there is no need to reapply and we will process these payments automatically. These pages will be updated again when we are ready to issue those payments.

Closed Lockdown Payment

The government has announced extra Support for Businesses which is in addition to the Local Restriction Support grants  - Chancellors Announcement January 2021

If you have received the LRSG (Closed) Addendum payment we have now automatically paid the top of grant of £4,000, £6,000 or £9,000 to you.

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

We are now inviting new applications Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) 2 based on the eligibility criteria outlined in the new policy. You can apply using the on-line below.

If you qualified for ARG in the November lockdown, we are in the process of reviewing your case with a view to making payments automatically and therefore you do not need to re-apply.  Successful applicants will receive an email confirming the grant payment.

Application window for new applicants will close at Midnight on 26th  February 2021.

Stroud District Council ARG Policy

Types of Grant

The table below sets out the various levels of Government restrictions from 1 November 2020 to 15 February 2021 along with the various grants payable to local businesses during the period.

 

1 Nov - 4 Nov
2020

5 Nov - 1 Dec
2020

2 Dec - 25 Dec 2020

26Dec - 30 Dec 2020

31 Dec 202 - 4 Jan 2021

5 Jan - 15 Feb
2021

Class of Covid Restriction

No local restrictions

National restrictions

Tier 2

Tier 3

 

Tier 4

National restrictions

Category of Business Grants Payable

             

LRSG (Sector)

X

 

X

X

     

LRSG (Closed) Addendum

 

X

     

X

X

(Closed) Lockdown payment

           

X

ARG

 

X

   

 

X

X

LRSG (Closed)

   

X

X

     

LRSG (Open)

   

X

X

     
               

No of days

4

27

23

5

5

42

 

Grant Amounts

The value of grants payable across the period is set out below:

 

1 Nov - 4 Nov
2020

5 Nov - 1 Dec
2020

2 Dec - 25 Dec 2020

26Dec - 30 Dec 2020

31 Dec 202 - 4 Jan 2021

5 Jan - 15 Feb
2021

Class of Covid Restriction

No local restrictions

National restrictions

Tier 2

Tier 3

 

Tier 4

National restrictions

Category of Business Grants Payable

             

LRSG (Sector)

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

 

£190.57

£285.71

£428.57

 

 

£1,143.43

£1,714.29

£2,571.43

 

£238.21

£357.14

£535.71

     

LRSG (Closed) Addendum

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

 

 

 

£1,334.00

£2,000.00

£3,000.00

   

 

 

 

£238.21

£357.14

£535.71

 

 

£2,001.00

£3,000.00

£4,500.00

(Closed) Lockdown payment

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

           

 

 

£4,000.00

£6,000.00

£9,000.00

ARG

Costs up to  £15,000

 Costs £15,000 to £51,000

Costs over £51,000

 

 

 

 £1334.00

 

£2000.00

 

£3000.00 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£2001.00

 

£3000.00

 

£4500.00

LRSG (Closed)

RV up to  £15,000

RV £15,000 to £51,000

RV over £51,000

   

 

£1,143.43

£1,714.29

£2,571.43

 

£238.21

£357.14

£535.71

     

LRSG (Open)

Costs up to  £15,000

 Costs £15,000 to £51,000

Costs over £51,000

   

 

£800.57

£1,200.00

£1,800.00

 

£166.79

£250.00

£375.00

     
               

No of days

4

27

24

5

5

42

For all government guidance, please click the link below:

Support For Business Guidance

Stroud Local Restrictions Support Grants

All businesses that wish to claim will have to complete the secure online form by clicking on the link below. 

Online Form

All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Payment will be made as soon as practical after the assessment has been made.

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their statements or evidence to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

 

Christmas Support Payment Stroud Local Restriction Support Grant for wet-led pubs

We have now received guidance from central government regarding the new £1000 support payment for wet-led pubs, please see the link below for details.  We have contacted all business that we feel maybe eligible for this payment, inviting them to make and application for this grant.  If you feel you maybe eligible but have not received and invitation to apply, please contact us as a matter of urgency by email to business.rates@stroud.gov.uk

Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs

We just wanted to update you on the closing date for the Christmas Support Payment. 

Eligibility ends after 29 December 2020, all applications must be received by 28th February 2021, payments must be made by 31st March 2021.

 

Extra protection for businesses who rent premises

GFirst LEP - the Local Economic Partnership for Gloucestershire Stroud District Council works closely with GFirst LEP. GFirst LEP is leading the provision of support for businesses through the Coronavirus Pandemic. Please view www.gfirstlep.com/news/coronavirus-updates to access up to date news, advice and support that is available for your business.

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction - view www.gov.uk for details.

Expanded Retail Discount

The Government announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018 that it would provide a Business Rates Retail Discount, to apply in the years 2019/20 and 2020/21. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, in the Budget on 11 March the Government announced that it would increase the discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. Following the announcement on 23 March 2020 of further measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Government confirmed that some of the exclusions for this relief have been removed, so that retail, leisure, and hospitality properties that will have had to close as a result of the restriction measures will now be eligible for the relief.

This relief will apply to retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

Businesses already awarded the 50% retail discount on their annual bill for 2020/21, an amended bill showing the 100% discount has been issued.

  • We’ve identified businesses under the leisure and hospitality sector that qualify for the extended retail discount. Amended bills showing the 100% discount have been issued.
  • We’ve identified the businesses now included as a result of the discount being expanded to remove the rateable value limit and are currently issuing revised bills.
  • We have stopped directs debits to be collected on 1 April 2020

For further guidance please click the link below:

Expanded Relief Guidance

Nursery Discount

We have now been given guidance regarding a business rates nursery discount. Please see link below for qualifying criteria.

Nursery Discount Guidance

The relief will apply to properties occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We have identified the businesses that qualify for the nursery discount and amended bills showing the 100% discount have now been issued.

State aid

 

Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated by the government and the EU provides that during a transition period, state aid rules will continue to apply and be subject to control by the EU Commission as it is currently. The government has notified the EU of its intention to bring forward an immediate change to the UK’s tax treatment of non-domestic property, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, and to seek clearance under Article 107(3)(b) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Subject to this approval, the Expanded Retail Discount scheme, the Nursery discount scheme will become a notified state aid.

State Aid Declaration

State Aid Declaration (word document)

Certain categories of unoccupied property may be exempt indefinitely from a charge:

  • properties with a rateable value less than £2,899 (effective from 1st April 2017)
  • occupation prohibited by law
  • vacant due to action taken on behalf of the Crown
  • listed building subject to building preservation notice
  • ancient monuments included in schedule compiled under Ancient Monuments & Archaeological Areas Act 1979(b)
  • owner entitled to possession only in his capacity as personal representative of a deceased person
  • a bankruptcy order subsists in respect of the owner’s estate
  • owner entitled possession as trustee under deed of arrangement
  • owner is a company subject to winding-up order under the Insolvency Act 1986 or being wound up voluntarily under that Act
  • owner in administration or subject to an administration order
  • owner entitled to possession in their capacity as liquidator

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