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Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme guidance

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) is a business support grant to help businesses that have been forced to close due to lockdown restrictions.

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Who can claim an LRSG business support grant?

You may be able to claim an LRSG business support grant from us if you are a Chesterfield Borough Council Business Rates payer and your business meets ALL of the following criteria:

  • the business was open and trading as usual on 4 November 2020
  • it was registered for Business Rates on 5 November 2020
  • it is one of the types of business that have been instructed to close

You must be the Business Rates payer - that is the person named on the Business Rates bill. If the Business Rates bill is in the name of a company, the person that applies must hold a position of responsibility within the company and be authorised to make the claim on behalf of the business. 

Discretionary payments

Businesses that don't qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant may still be able to claim a discretionary payment from us. The discretionary scheme is still being finalised. Details of who can claim, and how to apply, will be posted on this page as soon as they are available.

Businesses that have been told to close

Non-essential retail - such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

Hospitality - such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and social clubs. With the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway by click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery (before 10pm). This also includes businesses such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

Sports facilities - such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.

Leisure - such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open.

Personal care - such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other people's homes.

Businesses that are not eligible

Your business will not be eligible for the scheme if it:

If you are no longer entitled

You must notify the council straight away if your business is no longer eligible for LRSG business support grant after submitting your application. This could be because the business:

If your business is paid a grant that it is not entitled to the funding will be reclaimed, and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution. 

Evidence required to support your claim

You will need the following information to claim:

Business Rates account reference - this is an 8 character reference beginning with 5, you can find this on your annual bill

Business bank account details - this is the account we will pay the grant into

Proof of business bank account - the most recent statement or a screenshot of online banking, and must:

  • show the business bank details
  • be from within the last month
  • show business transactions during this period

You will need to upload electronic copies, scanned images or clear photos of your documents.

How to claim

If you run a business in the Chesterfield Borough Council area, and your business has closed due to lockdown restrictions, you can apply for a LRSG business support grant online through My Chesterfield. Registering for an account is quick and easy, and you will be able to track the progress of your claim.

You need to claim from the local council that sends your Business Rates bill. If you're not sure who that is you can find your local council here.

If you are unable to apply online please call our customer services team on 01246 345345.

How much is paid

If you qualify you will receive a lump sum payment for the four week period of national lockdown from 5 November to 2 December 2020. The amount your business will get depends on the rateable value (RV) of your premises:

RV £15,000 or under - you will receive £1334

RV £15,001 to £50,999 - you will receive £2000

RV £51,000 or over - you will receive £3000

You can find your rateable value on your Business Rates bill, or check online here.

Your business may also be eligible for an LRSG business support grant for the period from 17 October to 4 November 2020 (due to Tier 2 local restrictions). You do not need to claim this separately, if you qualify we will pay the grant to you automatically. 

How will the payments be made?

Payment will be made directly into the bank account matching the bank statement you provided with your claim. We are not able to make the payment into any other bank account or by cheque.

Tax on Local Restrictions Support Grant payments

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the business's tax return.

State aid limits

Any business that has reached the limits of payments permissible under the De Minimis and the UK Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework will not be able to receive further grant funding. 

This means that your business may not receive more than £735,650 in Covid-19 grant funding. Find out more about state aid.

Can I claim for more than one business?

You can claim for any business where you are the Business Rates payer, provided it meets the eligibility criteria and doesn't exceed state aid limits.

When does the scheme end?

This scheme covers the four week period from 5 November to 2 December 2020. 

If national lockdown restrictions are extended we will automatically make LRSG payments to eligible business for the next closure period as order by the Government.

LRSG payments will also apply if Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions are imposed in Chesterfield after the national lockdown restrictions end. Eligible businesses do not need to reapply, but you must tell us if your business is no longer entitled to LRSG business support grant.

Information about the national restrictions from 5 November

You can find lots of useful guidance and information on the website.

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Last updated on 16 November 2020