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Hardship relief

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG4)

The Council has created a new Additional Restrictions Grant policy based on Government guidance, which will provide additional support to businesses who have been severely financially impacted by Covid restrictions and delay to the Government’s roadmap.

The scheme is open for applications from 1pm Thursday 22 July 2021 and closes at 10pm Sunday 8 August 2021.

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

Business Support Grant Application Form

Eligibility

To be eligible, a business must fit under one of the following sectors:

  • hospitality
  • travel and tourism sector, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators
  • wedding industries
  • nightclubs
  • theatres
  • events industries
  • taxis
  • wholesalers
  • English language schools
  • breweries
  • freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses)

Businesses will need to demonstrate that they have been severely financially impacted and will be required to submit evidence to support the claim.

All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Please note that no payments will be made until the application deadline of Sunday 8th August has passed and all applications have been assessed.

Stroud Additional Restrictions Grant Policy

RESTART Grants – this scheme closed for applications on 30 June.

If you have already submitted an application please note that the council are required to undertake more extensive and robust pre-payment checks on the restart grants, so processing times for these grants may be longer.

The Council has a discretionary power under Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, in exceptional circumstances to reduce all or part of a business rates bill.

The legislation stipulates that a local authority in considering hardship must be satisfied:

  • The ratepayer will suffer hardship if relief is not granted
  • There is a direct benefit to the ratepayer, or the community, and there are no adverse impact to other ratepayers or the community as a result of awarding relief

In coming to an individual decision we will consider numerous other factors. 

If you wish to apply for hardship relief, please do so in writing to Stroud District Council, Business Rates Department.  Please include detailed copy of accounts.  As it is intended as a one off award we will need details of what steps are being taken to prevent hardship in the future.

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