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Business Support Grant
Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed) addendum LRSG
The government has announced further grants fund support for businesses that have been forced to close due to the national restrictions.
Grants are based on the rateable value of the property and will be paid per 28-day qualifying restriction period.
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under can get a grant payment of £1,334
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value between £15,001 and £50,999 can get a grant payment of £2,000
- Businesses occupying properties with a rateable value of £51,000 and over can get a grant payment of £3,000
To be eligible for this grant, your business property must fall under one of the categories on the government’s list of businesses forced to close. Please note that if the majority of your business has been forced to close but you are operating a takeaway or click and collect service, you may still be eligible for a grant. However, businesses that have chosen to close but have not been required to will not be eligible for this grant and should not apply.
The government has also provided some advice for businesses:
The scheme is now live and all businesses that wish to claim will have to complete the secure online form by clicking on the link below.
Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)
Funding has also been made available to Local Authorities under the Additional Restrictions Grant (LRSGD) and will be used for discretionary payments. The Additional Restriction Grant – will be payable as a one-off payment to businesses severely financially affected by COVID, during the national lockdown between 05 November 2020 and 02 December 2020
The scheme is now live and we are inviting applications between 30th November 2020 and 11th December. 2020. All businesses that wish to claim will have to complete the secure online form by clicking on the link below.
Applications received outside of this time will not be considered and will be rejected.
For the purpose of this scheme the Council has decided that the following eligibility criteria must be met in order to receive Additional Restrictions Grant.
• Businesses must have business premises;
- Businesses must demonstrate how they have been severely impacted;
- Businesses that cannot trade due to circumstances beyond their control and/or affected as a result of general national restrictions;
- Businesses with high fixed business costs whether that be rent, rates, lease/hire purchase costs, insurance, franchise payments or other costs that they wouldn't save by not trading for a month; and
- Any business failing to meet the criteria or failing to provide sufficient information to determine whether they meet the criteria will not be awarded a grant.
The following businesses will be prioritised:
- Businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors;
- Businesses in the events sector;
- Day Nurseries which occupy a hereditament and occupied by providers on Ofsted's Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage;
- Bed and Breakfast premises which pay Council Tax instead of Business Rates;
- Regular Market/Street Traders;
- Businesses that have not benefited from other government funding, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS furlough).
- For the avoidance of doubt self-employed applicants who have received or are entitled to receive the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant will not be entitled to an award.
The grant support fund guidance documents have now been published.
There is also guidance for businesses forced to close.
An online application form should be available shortly and will be available on this website. We will issue social media communications when the application is available, but please also keep regular checks on this website.
Frequently Asked Questions - Additional Restrictions Grant
Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grants (open)
Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grants (sector)
Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)
Frequently Asked Questions - Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) addendum
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:
We have now been given guidance regarding a business rates nursery discount. Please see link below for qualifying criteria.
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.
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.
Set up a Direct Debit
Setting up a Direct Debit payment is the safest and most convenient way to pay. You can cancel a direct debit at any time by contacting your bank or building society.
It takes just a few minutes to set up, there are safeguards built in to protect you and it's the only method of payment where you can choose from the following payment dates: 1, 8, 15, 22, or 28 of each month.
Please have your business rates reference and bank details ready (branch sort code and account number). We are open Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.00pm and Fridays 8.45am to 4.30pm.
or complete and return the Direct Debit application form
Use our secure online payment system to pay your business rates.
24hr telephone payment line
- Telephone 0300 4560 510. Please have your business rates reference number and credit or debit card ready when you call.
Pay in person
You can make your payment in cash, card or cheque. You will need to have your account reference number with you. Automatic receipts are provided for the payment(s) you have made.
The kiosk is located in the reception area at Ebley Mill and is open 8.45 am - 5.00 pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45 - 4.30 pm on Fridays.
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Business rates e-billing
E-billing provides a faster, more efficient and convenient way to receive and check your bills. To register for e-billing you will need your business rates account number. Sign up for e-billing