Guidance notes

Additional Restrictions Grant 2021 Guidance Notes

Last updated 10 February 2021

 

1. On 4 January 2021, the Government announced a set of national measures designed to control the spread of Covid-19.  These measures included the mandatory closure of non-essential retail; hospitality; accommodation; personal care and close contact services from 5 January 2021 until further notice.

2. To help to mitigate the impact of the mandatory closure, the Government reintroduced the Local Restricts Support Grant (Closed) Addendum.  This grant is available to those businesses, mandated to close, that occupy a premise appearing on the rating list.

3. In addition, the Government announced further funding for the Additional Restrictions Grant.  This grant is available to help those businesses which – whilst not legally forced to close – are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place.

4. The grants are awarded for the 42 day period from 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021.  Further payments may be made for subsequent periods of restrictions subject to the relevant Government guidance at the time.

Eligibility Criteria

5. The Additional Restrictions Grant is available to businesses that trade from an address in the local authority district of Wyre Forest.  Applicants must have been trading on 4/01/21, ie not in administration, insolvent, or subject to a striking off notice.

6. Any business can apply; however, the following will be considered as priority:

  • Businesses that supply goods and services to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors;
  • Businesses that supply goods and services to the events sector;
  • Businesses that have fixed property costs but do not have a separate listing on the business rates system, eg Market Traders, Street Licence Holders, Businesses in Shared Spaces;
  • Businesses that provide mobile personal care services that are required to close;
  • Businesses that, whilst not required to close, have been significantly impacted by the restrictions in place.

7. All applicants will be required to demonstrate that they have been significantly impacted by the restrictions in place.

8. Businesses that have been mandated to close and are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) are not eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant.

The Grant Award

9. Where a business is shown in the local non-domestic rating list, the following grants will be awarded:

Rateable Value

Grant Amount

Up to £15,000

£2001

Between £15,001 and £51,000

£3,000

£51,001 plus

£4,500

10. Where a business is not shown in the local non-domestic rating list, the following grants will be awarded:

Eligible businesses

Amount

Market Trader regularly trading on a market in Wyre Forest

£66.70 for each day’s worth of normal market activity in Wyre Forest during the 6 week period, subject to a maximum payment of £2001

Bed & Breakfast that pays Council Tax rather than business rates

£2,001

Businesses in shared spaced that have been forced to close

£2,001

Businesses that provide mobile personal care services that are required to close

£2,001

Business that trade under a street trading licence

£2,001

Any other eligible business

£2,001

11. The following businesses will not be eligible for an award:

11.1 Businesses that have chosen to close but are not been required to, will not be eligible;

11.2 Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the COVID-19 Temporary State Aid Framework;

11.3 Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local restriction or widespread national restriction; and

11.4 Businesses that are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed Addendum

Application Process

12. Applications must be submitted using the online form

13. Once you have submitted your application you will be contacted to request evidence to support your application. We require the following documents:
(a) Bank Statements for January 2021. Business account statements should be supplied if applicable. If a personal account is used, please highlight on the statement the transactions relating to the business.

(b)  Bank statements for January 2020 showing income from trading.  Where this is not available, other evidence which demonstrates a significant reduction in income due to the lockdown restrictions will be required.

(c) Evidence of business address – if the bank statements do not show the address that the business operates from, then additional evidence is required showing that address e.g. recent rent invoice, utility statement, business rates statement.

(d) Companies house registration number/Unique Tax Reference/Charity Commission number

(e) Sole traders – correspondence from HMRC to verify the Unique Tax Reference 

14. The evidence that you provide should demonstrate that you have experienced a significant reduction in turnover as a result of the restrictions in place.  The Council reserves the right request any supplementary information from businesses, and they should look to provide this, where requested, as soon as possible.

15. Where a business has previously received an Additional Restrictions Grant (November) and / or Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open), they will automatically be considered for an Additional Restrictions Grant (2021).

EU State Aid requirements

16. Any grant is given as aid under the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak published on 19 March 2020. This means that businesses receiving support under these provisions can receive up to €800,000 in aid over three years (being the current and the previous two years).  By submitting an application you are declaring to the Council that payment of the grant will not result in the business receiving support in excess of the state aid limits.

Notification of Decisions

17. All decisions made by the Council shall be notified to the applicant either in writing or by email. A decision shall be made as soon as practicable after an application is received.

Reviews of Decisions

18. The Council will operate an internal review process and will accept an applicant’s request for a review of its decision.

19. All such requests must be made in writing to the Council within 14 days of the Council’s decision and should state the reasons why the applicant is aggrieved with the decision of the Council. New information may be submitted at this stage to support the applicant’s request for a review.
20. The applicant will be informed in writing or by email of the outcome of the review, as soon as practicable.

Complaints

21. The Council’s ‘Complaints Procedure’ (available on the Council’s website) will be applied in the event of any complaint received about this scheme.

Who can receive the grant?

22. In all cases, Government has stated that the person who will receive the grant will be the person who, according to the Council’s records, was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament at the effective date.

23. Where the Council has reason to believe that the information it holds about the ratepayer at the effective date does not accord with the person making the claim, it may withhold or recover the grant and take reasonable steps to identify the correct ratepayer.
24. Where it is subsequently determined that the records held by the Council are correct and it is not the ratepayer making the claim, the Council reserves the right to recover any grant incorrectly paid.
25. Where there is no entry in the rating list for the business, the Council will have discretion to determine who should receive the grant.

How will grants be provided to businesses?

26. Grants will be paid directly into the applicants business bank account by BACS using the details provided on the application.  Please ensure that you have provided the correct bank account number and sort code.

Taxation and the provision of information to Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC)

27. The Council has been informed by Government that all payments under the scheme are taxable.

28. The Council does not accept any responsibility in relation to an applicant’s tax liabilities and all applicants should make their own enquiries to establish any tax position.
29. All applicants should note that the Council is required to inform Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of all payments made to businesses.

Managing the risk of fraud

30. Neither the Council nor Government will accept deliberate manipulation of the schemes or fraud. Any applicant caught falsifying information to gain grant money or failing to declare entitlement to any of the specified grants will face prosecution and any funding issued will be recovered from them.

31. Applicants should note that, where a grant is paid by the Council, details of each individual grant may be passed to Government.

Recovery of amounts incorrectly paid

32. If it is established that any award has been made incorrectly due to error, misrepresentation or incorrect information provided to the Council by an applicant or their representative(s), the Council will look to recover the amount in full.

Data Protection and use of data

33. All information and data provided by applicants shall be dealt with in accordance with the Council’s Data Protection policy and Privacy Notices which are available on the Council’s website.