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Introduction

The Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector) scheme supports businesses that have been subject to national closures since 23 March 2020, and for any other business property types which may be closed on a national basis in the future.

This scheme comes into effect from 1 November 2020 and there is no provision to backdate awards prior to this date.

When Government imposes national restrictions and a significant number of businesses are mandated to close to manage the spread of coronavirus, then the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) scheme will cease to apply.  Businesses will not be eligible for multiple versions of the Local Restrictions Support Grant under widespread national restrictions.

Eligibility

Businesses must have been trading on 23 March 2020 to be eligible to receive a grant payment. If new national closures of business property types are announced, then the business must have been trading on the date of the announced closure in order to be eligible.

Eligible businesses are:

  • Nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques.
  • Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars.

Eligible businesses will get one grant for each property liable for business rates.

What you will get

If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £15,000 or under, you will receive a cash grant of £667 per 14-day qualifying restriction period;

If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of above £15,000 and below £51,000, you will receive a cash grant of £1,000 per 14-day qualifying period;

If your business is eligible and has a property with a rateable value of £51,000 or above, you will receive a cash grant of £1,500 per 14-day qualifying period.

Grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of the national lockdown restrictions.

Exclusions

  • businesses that have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of a national lockdown
  • businesses that have reached the state aid limit.
  • businesses that are not the ratepayer.
  • businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible for this scheme.
  • businesses will not be eligible if they have re-purposed their business and as a result have been able to open, for example changing their business from a nightclub to a bar.

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of national restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, will be ignored for the purposes of eligibility.

Gosport Borough Council will not adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the date that national restrictions began. In cases where it was factually clear to the Council on the eligibility date that the rating list was inaccurate, the Council may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on its view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. This is entirely at the discretion of Gosport Borough Council, and is only intended to prevent manifest errors. This discretion cannot and therefore will not be used if it was not factually clear to the Council on the eligibility date that the rating list was not accurate.

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You will need to have a copy of your latest bank statement to upload

Local Restriction Support Grant (Sector) form