The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) is payable to local business based on the level of temporary lockdowns placed on Blackpool as part of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The criteria and amounts will vary based on the level of restrictions but also based on the size of your business and whether or not you were forced to close. These are summarised below:
LCAL3 (Tier 3) retrospective financial support - For the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors
Blackpool was placed in Local COVID Alert Level 3 (LCAL3) (Tier 3) (Very High) on 17 October 2020. The financial support is to assist our local business rate payers within the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors despite them not being required to fully close. The support covers the period from 17 October 2020 until the national lockdown was imposed on 5 November 2020.
LCAL3 (Tier 3) retrospective financial support - For business who were forced to close on 17 October 2020
Blackpool was placed in Local COVID Alert Level 3 (LCAL3) (Tier 3) (Very High) on 17 October 2020. The financial support is to assist our local business rate payers who were forced to fully close as part of local restrictions, includings pubs, adult gaming centres and soft play centres. The support covers the period from 17 October 2020 until the national lockdown was imposed on 5 November 2020.
Sector financial support - For business which have been unable to re-open since the lockdown on 23 March 2020
This includes nightclubs and sexual entertainment venues. Financial support will be made from 1 November 2020 and we will contact these businesses separately.
National lockdown financial support - For business who have been required to close for 28 days from 5 November 2020
Government announced a national lockdown for all of those business mentioned in the above LCAL3 restrictions and for this to additionally include non-essential retail and personal care facilities. This is for the fixed 28 day period from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020.
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.
Our application process is now open for all of the above grant schemes in a single application form. You only need to apply once.
We know the majority of businesses that are eligible for these payments. Your application will be refused at the point of submission if you are not on our list of eligible businesses.
Please note: when completing the application form we will require your 8 digit business rates account number, which is shown in the top right hand corner of your business rates bill. This is a measure to safeguard public finances against potential fraud to ensure the grant applicant is the correct person registered to pay business rates.
We will be unable to provide your account number over the telephone and we will be unable to provide this by email. If you require a copy of your business rates bill then contact our business rates team at firstname.lastname@example.org and they will arrange for a copy to be posted to your normal address.
Our business rates team will not be administering any of the grant payments and will be unable to assist with any queries about your application.
Additional support and advice
Our business support team are able to provide support and advice on the wider support packages available to business during the COVID 19 pandemic. The team can be contacted through their website or by telephone at 01253 477147.