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Local restriction support grant

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) was 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 varied based on the level of restrictions and also based on the size of the business and whether or not they were forced to close. These are summarised below:

Retrospective financial support for businesses who were required to remain closed from 5 January 2021

This scheme is now partially closed

This financial support was for businesses who had 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 included all rated businesses within the leisure, hospitality and leisure, non-essential retail and personal care sectors.

This scheme is in two parts:

  • Payments to cover the period 5 January 2021 until 16 February 2021. This scheme closed on 31 March 2021.
  • Payments to cover the period 16 February 2021 until 31 March 2021. This scheme closes on 31 May 2021.

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

This scheme is now closed

This retrospective support was the closed business lockdown payment scheme.

This was a one-off additional grant paid to businesses who qualified for the 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. 

Support available

Grant payments were to rated business depending on the rateable value, as follows:

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

This scheme closed 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 scheme is now closed

This retrospective support was 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 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 were made to cover the 5 day period until the latest national lockdown was imposed.

This support scheme was closed on 31 March 2021.

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

This scheme is now closed

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.

This support scheme was closed on 31 March 2021.

 

 

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

This scheme is now closed

This retrospective (sector) support was for businesses such as nightclubs, sexual entertainment venues and theatres which were required to close on a national basis since 23 March 2020. 

This support scheme was closed on 31 March 2021.

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 scheme is now closed

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.

This support scheme was closed on 31 March 2021.

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

This scheme is now closed

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 

This scheme is now closed

The Christmas Support Payment grant provided a one-off grant of £1,000 to wet-led pubs. These were pubs which predominantly served alcohol rather than provided food and had been severely impacted over the festive season due to temporary local restrictions. This was not however available to bars which form part of a sporting or music venue.

This scheme closed on 28 February 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.

Applications

Our application process is now open only for the retrospective support available for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 as all previous schemes are now closed. If you feel you are eligible for a payment for that period then please submit an application.

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.

Example payments

The longer the restrictions applied meant you were potentially eligible for additional payments. We accept the payment schemes could 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.