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Business Support Package for national lockdown (5 January to 31 March 2021)

The government has provided local councils with the guidance for the Business Support Package for January Lockdown which is made up with the following two new grants.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (January Lockdown)

This grant is an extension of the Local Restrictions Support Grant (national restrictions from 5 November to 1 December 2020) and Tier 4 schemes but has been adapted to give further financial support to businesses that were forced to close during the current national lockdown. It runs from 5 January to 31 March 2021 and is payable in two parts covering the periods 5 January – 15 February 2021 and 16 February – 31 March 2021.

Applications for the above grant period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 (cycle 1) closes on 31 March 2021.  The closing date for the 16 February to 31 March period (cycle 2) is 31 May 2021. 

Closed Business Lockdown Payment

This is a one-off payment, again, for businesses that have been required to close during the 2021 national lockdown.

The closing date for applications is 31 March 2021.

Eligibility

These grants are for businesses who were required to close, such as:

  • non-essential retail
  • hospitality
  • leisure
  • entertainment
  • personal care

For a business to be eligible for all parts of this funding, it must meet the following criteria:

  • be mandated to close from 5 January 2021 due to lockdown restrictions
  • be rated for business rates for your business premises
  • be actively trading from your premises on 4 January 2021 (or would be if coronavirus restriction measures were not in place) and still be actively trading on 15 February 2021
  • have not received more than €800,000 of state aid in the past three years
  • the business is not dissolved, subject to a striking off order or subject to any form of insolvency proceedings eg administration or liquidation

*To be eligible for the Closed Business Lockdown Payment a business only needed to be actively trading on one of these dates.

The amount of grant available

The amount you will receive is based upon the rateable value of your business premises, although we will confirm to you the exact amounts paid.

Rateable value LRSG 5 January - 15 February (Cycle 1) LRSG 16 February - 31 March (cycle 2) Closed Business Lockdown Payment
£15,000 or under £2,001 £2,096 £4,000
£15,001 - £50,999 £3,000 £3,143 £6,000
£51,000 and above £4,500 £4,714 £9,000

Visit the government's website for more information and to check if you’re eligible.