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LCAL3 (Open) Local Restriction Support Grant

Blackpool was placed in Local COVID Alert Level 2 (LCAL2) (Tier 2 - High) on 25 September 2020. This lasted for 22 days before the borough was moved to LCAL3 at the same time as the wider Lancashire area. LCAL3 was superceded by the nationwide lockdown which was imposed on 5 November 2020.

This support is for businesses which were not legally required to close but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising put in place to manage coronavirus.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupies property on which it pays business rates, and
  • Has been severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising put in place to manage coronavirus.

How much you will receive

For the 19 day period from 17 October 2020 to 4 November 2020.

CategoryRateable valueOne-off retrospective payment
Small RV £1 to £15,000 £633.79
Medium RV £15,001 to £50,999 £950
Large RV £51,000 and above £1,425

Exclusions

  • Businesses 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.

Tax implications

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