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National Lock-Down Grant Scheme Opens

  • 11 November 2020
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National Lock-Down Grant Scheme Opens

The level of grant is dependent on the rateable value of the relevant property and ranges between £1,334 and £3,000

The grant is to be paid to the ratepayer of the property.

Grants are not available to businesses:

  • That are able to continue to trade, because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors), are excluded from the grant scheme.
  • That have chosen to close but have not been instructed to
  • That are in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice.

According the Gov.uk website the list of businesses and venues that must close are:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

Businesses can access the scheme through the Council’s web site at go.walsall.gov.uk/business/business_rates

Speaking about the grant scheme, Deputy Leader of Walsall Council, Cllr Adrian Andrew said:

"The Council has worked hard in the past to ensure grant aid is distributed as quickly as possible. We have already issued 3813 Small Business Grants worth of over £43 million. As with the previous grant scheme, the Lock-Down Grants will be administered by our Business Rates Team. I would encourage all eligible businesses to go to our web site and begin the application process."

In addition to the above national scheme, there will be a discretionary scheme in place. Although the details of this scheme are yet to be determined. When further details and the application process are known, they will be made available on the same web page.

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