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Local restriction support grant

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:

Ongoing financial support for businesses who were required to remain closed on 5 January 2021 as part of the latest national lockdown

This ongoing support is for businesses who had already been required to close as a result of the LCAL4 (Tier 4) (Stay at Home) restrictions and who were required to remain closed until 31 March 2021 at the earliest, as a result of the latest national lockdown imposed from 5 January 2021.

This includes all rated businesses within the leisure, hospitality and leisure, non-essential retail and personal care sectors.

Important: if you have previously applied for a grant and have received a payment since November 2020 then you do not need to re-apply for this grant. We already have your bank details and will send automatic payments to you. Please do not submit duplicate applications.

One-off grant for closed businesses in the leisure, hospitality, accommodation, retail and personal care sectors

This is the closed business lockdown payment scheme announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak on 5 January 2021.

This is a one-off additional grant paid to businesses who qualify for the latest lockdown grant payment scheme and who had been required to remain closed as a result of the national lockdown from the leisure, hospitality, retail and personal care sectors. 

How much will I receive?

Grant payments will be made to rated business depending on the rateable value, as follows:

  • Rateable Value of £15,000 or below will receive a one-off payment of £4,000
  • Rateable Value between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a one-off payment of £6,000
  • Rateable Value which exceeds £51,000 will receive a one-off payment of £9,000

This will be paid automatically at the same time as the most recent LCAL4 and lockdown payment.

Important: if you have previously applied for a grant and have received a payment since November 2020 then you do not need to re-apply for this grant. We already have your bank details and will send automatic payments to you. Please do not submit duplicate applications.

This scheme closes on 31 March 2021.

Retrospective financial support for the retail, personal care, leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors who have been forced to close as a result of LCAL4 (Tier 4) localised restrictions

This retrospective support is for businesses who had been forced close as a result of LCAL4 (Tier 4) (Stay at Home) localised restrictions introduced on 31 December 2020. This was superceded by the national lockdown imposed on 5 January 2021.

This included all businesses which had already been required to close as a result of the previous LCAL3 restrictions, including leisure, hospitality and leisure, and additionally now includes non-essential retail and personal care facilities.

Payments are to be made for the 5 day period until the latest national lockdown was imposed.

Retrospective financial support for the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors as a result of LCAL3 (Tier 3) localised restrictions

This retrospective support applied to businesses who were either forced close as a result of LCAL3 localised restrictions or those from the leisure sector which were not legally required to close but had been severely impacted by the restrictions.

Blackpool was placed in LCAL3 on 17 October 2020 which saw the immediate closure of pubs and clubs who did not serve substantial meals and this also saw the immediate closure of adult gaming centres and soft play areas. The earlier national lockdown (5 November to 2 December) required all customer facing businesses to close (see below) but when the lockdown was lifted a number of additional businesses were required to remain closed, including all guest houses, hotels and self catering accommodation and additionally all pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants.

Blackpool moved to LCAL4 (Tier 4) on 31 December 2020 and was placed in a further lockdown on 5 January 2021.

 

 

Retrospective financial support for business which have been unable to re-open since the lockdown on 23 March 2020

This (sector) support is for businesses such as nightclubs, sexual entertainment venues and theatres which were required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020. Sector payments are made on a monthly basis until the restrictions are lifted or if there is a national lockdown or LCAL4 (Tier 4) restrictions are introduced. Blackpool moved to LCAL4 (Tier 4) on 31 December 2020 and into a further national lockdown on 5 January 2021 so ongoing payments are to be made under those schemes.

Retrospective financial support for businesses who were required to close for 28 days from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020 as part of a national lockdown

This retrospective financial support is for businesses who were forced close as a result of the earlier national lockdown imposed from 5 November 2020 until 2 December 2020.

This included all businesses which had already been required to close as a result of LCAL3 restrictions, including leisure, hospitality and leisure, but this additionally included non-essential retail and personal care facilities.

Retrospective discretionary financial support for the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sectors as a result of LCAL2 (Tier 2) localised restrictions

This retrospective support applied to rated businesses who remained open but were severely impacted by the localised restrictions.

The funding was discretionary and formed part of the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund to support small and medium sized local leisure, hospitality and accommodation businesses despite them not being required to fully close. The support covered the period from 25 September 2020 until the borough moved to LCAL3 (Tier 3) on 17 October 2020.

This support scheme was closed on 1 January 2021.

Retrospective one-off christmas support payment for wet-led pubs

The Christmas Support Payment grant provides a one-off grant of £1,000 to wet-led pubs. These are pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food and have been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions. This does not however apply to bars which form part of a sporting or music venue.

This scheme closes on 31 January 2021.

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant provides additional funding for local authorities subject to Tier 3 restrictions, to support businesses that have had their trade affected by the restrictions. Locally the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund was created, and this was in two parts:

  1. Certain small and medium sized rated businesses in the leisure, hospitality and accommodation sector.
  2. Businesses that do not pay business rates, and certain rateable businesses that have not been required to close, but are still severely impacted.

Part 1 of the scheme was automatically paid in the LCAL2 retrospective payments (as above) and part 2 businesses that do not pay business rates, and certain rateable businesses that have not been required to close, but are still severely impacted, were required to submit a separate application to the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund via the Blackpool Unlimited website. The application process for the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund closed on 14 December 2020.

Blackpool will receive a new ARG allocation during January 2021. Updates will be posted to our social media pages and the Blackpool Unlimited website.

Applications

Our application process is open for all of the above grant schemes in a single application form. If you feel you are eligible for a payment then please submit an application - you only need to apply once. If you have already applied and have received an acknowledgement email from us then you do not need to apply again.

Please do not submit duplicate applications and you do not need to re-apply if/when the LCAL (Tier) status changes of if/when additional lockdowns are introduced. If we have already made a payment to you then we already have your details and will make automatic payments in due course.

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 revenues@blackpool.gov.uk 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.

Payment update - 14 January 2021

We opened our application process on 21 October 2020 for those premises which were forced to fully close when the borough moved to LCAL3 (pubs, clubs, soft play and betting shops) and we made the first set of payments to these businesses on 11 November 2020. These businesses received their payment for the forced closure plus an advance payment for the full lockdown period.

On 12 November 2020 we opened a new application process to all businesses who had required to close on 5 November 2020 as a result of the national lockdown, including leisure, hospitality, accommodation, personal services and non-essential retail, and the application form remains open.

As at 14 January 2021 we have paid more than £23.8m as part of 14,000 payments sent to more than 2,200 local businesses. These are summarised below:

  • £0.9m of discretionary payments made to more than 1,100 small and medium sized hospitality and accommodation businesses as part of the Blackpool Business Recovery Fund - for businesses who remained open but were impacted by LCAL2 restrictions (25 September to 16 October)
  • £0.9m of additional payments made to more than 1,300 leisure, hospitality and accommodation businesses who remained open but were impacted by LCAL3 restrictions (17 October to 4 November)
  • £0.1m paid to more than 120 businesses who were required to close under LCAL3 restrictions (17 October to 4 November)
  • £3.3m paid to more than 2,200 businesses to cover the lockdown period (5 November to 2 December)
  • £0.9m of additional payments made to more than 1,300 hospitality and accommodation businesses who were required to remain closed as a result of the LCAL3 restrictions (2 to 16 December)
  • £0.03m paid to more than 50 leisure businesses who were able to remain open as a result of the LCAL3 restrictions (2 to 16 December)
  • £0.9m of additional payments made to more than 1,300 hospitality and accommodation businesses who were required to remain closed as a result of the LCAL3 restrictions (16 to 30 December)
  • £0.03m paid to more than 50 leisure businesses who were able to remain open as a result of the LCAL3 restrictions (16 to 30 December)
  • £0.02m paid to 9 businesses under the sector scheme (for the period 1 November onwards) who have been required to close since March 2020.
  • £0.07m paid to more than 70 pubs as part of the christmas support payments for wet-led pubs.
  • £0.6m paid to more than 2,200 businesses who were required to close under LCAL4 restrictions (31 December to 4 January)
  • £4.9m paid to more than 2,200 businesses who were required to remain closed as part of the latest national lockdown (5 January to 16 February)
  • £9.8m in additional topup payments sent to more than 2,200 businesses under the closed business lockdown payment scheme

Example payments

The longer the restrictions apply will mean you are potentially eligible for additional payments. We accept the payment schemes can be confusing so in an attempt to clarify we have provided some examples, as below. The examples are for small business with a rateable value of £15,000 or below.

Examples
 Type 25 September to 16 October17 October to 4 November 5 November to 2 December3 to 16 December17 to 30 DecemberChristmas support31 December to 4 January5 January to 16 FebruaryOne-off Topup16 February to 31 March
Hotel or guest house   £734 £633.79  £1,334 £667 £667 £0.00 £238.21 £2,001 £4,000 £2,096
Gym or sports club  £0.00 £633.79  £1,334 £467  £467 £0.00 £238.21 £2,001 £4,000 £2,096
Public house (not serving food) £0.00 £905.21 £1,334 £667 £667 £1,000 £238.21 £2,001 £4,000 £2,096
Retail shop or hairdresser  £0.00  £0.00 £1,334 £0.00  £0.00 £0.00 £238.21 £2,001 £4,000 £2,096

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.