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LCAL3 (Open) Local Restriction Support Grant

Blackpool was placed in Local COVID Alert Level 3 (LCAL3) (Tier 3 - Very High) on 17 October 2020. This lasted for 19 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 LCAL3 was superceded by the nationwide lockdown which was imposed on 5 November 2020. When the nationwide lockdown came to an end Blackpool moved back to LCAL3. Blackpool was placed in LCAL4 on 31 December 2020 and has since been placed in national lockdown.

Eligibility

Your business may be eligible if it:

  • Occupied property on which it pays business rates, and
  • Had not been required to close but had 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. This applies retrospectively to businesses in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors.

Details of how much can be received
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

For the period from 3 December 2020 until 30 December 2020. This only applied to businesses in the leisure sector which were not required to close.

CategoryRateable valueFortnightly payments
Small RV £1 to £15,000 £467
Medium RV £15,001 to £50,999 £700
Large RV £51,000 and above £1,050

Exclusions

  • Retail premises and personal care (ie hairdressers) were not eligible for this scheme but were eligible for the national lockdown payment only, for the period 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020. 
  • Leisure, hospitality and accommodation based premises were eligible for the period 17 October 2020 until 4 November 2020 but for those who were unable to re-open following the national lockdown, including hotels, guest houses, cafes and restaurants amongst others - these have been automatically moved on to the LCAL3 (Closed) scheme. Only sports venues, gyms and dance studios are considered to be eligible for the LCAL3 (Open) scheme from 2 until 30 December 2020.
  • 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.