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What happens after the business rates court hearing?

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.

We will write to you when we have got a Liability Order, asking you to make a realistic offer of payment. You will have 14 days to respond to this letter. The aim is to make an arrangement that is acceptable to both you and the Council.

If a payment arrangement isn't made or if you don't pay against the agreed payment arrangement, we will use one of the following collection methods:-

Enforcement agents (Bailiffs)

The Liability Order may be passed to the Enforcement Agent who will follow the Council’s Code of Practice for recovery.

If an Enforcement Agent is used, the amount you owe can increase significantly, due to the costs which will be added to your debt.

Bankruptcy / liquidation

If you fail to pay in full, and owe more than £5,000, we may take action to make you bankrupt / liquidate your company.

Committal order

If you fail to pay in full, we will apply to the Magistrates Court for a committal order. This is an order that could send you to prison for up to 3 months, although we'll only take this step if all other efforts have failed or aren't applicable.

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