Blackpool was placed in Local COVID Alert Level 3 (LCAL3) (Tier 3) (Very High) on 17 October 2020.
The LRSG supports local businesses which were open as usual, providing services in person to customers from their business premises, but which were then forced to close for at least 2 weeks due to local lockdown restrictions imposed by government.
Retrospective payments will be made for the period 17 October 2020 until the nationwide lockdown was imposed on 5 November 2020. Payments from this day forwards will be covered under National Lockdown Financial Support package (see previous page). When the national lockdown is lifted this financial support will cease and financial support will return to the eligibility and rates as determined by the Local COVID Alert Level (LCAL) which applies to the borough at that time.
Your business may be eligible if it:
- Occupies property on which it pays business rates, and
- Has been forced to close for at least 2 weeks because of LCAL3, and
- Has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises
The following business have been forced to close in Blackpool:
- Pubs and bars who do not serve substantial meals
- Licensed clubs
- Adult gaming centres
- Bingo halls
- Bookmakers and betting shops
- Children's soft play centres
What you will receive
For the period from 17 October 2020 to 4 November 2020
Details of amounts to be received
|Category||Rateable value ||One-off retrospective payment|
||RV £1 to £15,000
||RV £15,001 to £50,999
||RV £51,000 and above
- Businesses which were not forced to close, who were able to continue to operate during the lockdown because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises
- Businesses where there is mixed use but they were forced to fully close. For example, a bar within a hotel is subject to licensing considerations which restrict the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises, but the hotel can continue to provide overnight accommodation to guests. This business is predominantly a hotel and therefore not eligible for this scheme at this time. Such business should consider the LCAL2/3 scheme
- Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant. This includes business premises which were already closed directly before the restrictions were imposed
- Businesses which have already reached the state aid limit (see below)
- Business which are subject to insolvency or striking off action are not eligible for funding under this scheme
- Specific businesses subject to national closures since 23 March 2020 will not be eligible for this funding. This includes nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues where grants will be paid under a separate scheme for nationally mandated business closures
If you already receive state aid
The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid.
Payments count towards the total de minimis State aid you’re allowed to get over a 3-year period - €200,000. If you have reached that threshold, you may still be eligible for funding under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework. The limit for the framework is €800,000.
If you proceed to make an application we will ask you to complete a declaration confirming that you will not exceed the relevant State aid threshold.