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Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) – Open

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This scheme applies from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 for local businesses allowed to remain open but severely impacted by tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions.

Exeter was placed under tier 2 local restrictions from 2 December to 30 December and under tier 3 local restrictions from 31 December to 4 January 2021.

This is a discretionary scheme so the Council determines eligibility criteria, however the Government expects the funding to be targeted at hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast and leisure businesses.

Eligibility

A business must:

  1. have been established and trading on the day prior to the introduction of tier 2 or tier 3 restrictions,
  2. have had their turnover and trade severely affected by the localised restrictions on socialising, and
  3. fit one or more of the following categories:
    • businesses in the hospitality, leisure, sport facilities, entertainment, events and accommodation sectors
    • businesses in the supply chain to the hospitality, leisure, sports facilities, entertainment, events and accommodation sectors
    • market traders and local independent retail shops
    • traders dependent on providing direct in person services in homes
    • personal care facilities
    • licensed taxi drivers
    • Early Years providers/Day Nurseries
Some examples of businesses this will include are (these are not definitive):

Sector

Types of businesses

Hospitality

Cafes, restaurants including drive-thru and roadside, pubs, bars, takeaways, coffee shops, food courts

Leisure & sport facilities

Leisure centres & gyms, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, fitness & dance studios, bowling alleys, snooker clubs, village halls, community centres, social clubs, soft play centres, club houses, cookery schools, foreign language schools

Entertainment & Events

Theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums, art galleries, amusement arcades, bingo halls, theme parks, casinos, tourist attractions, conference and exhibition centres, wedding planners, trade fair planners

Accommodation

 

Hotels, Inns, guest houses, bed & breakfast, holiday rentals, caravan parks, camping sites, chalet parks, hostels

Supply chain to the hospitality, leisure, sports facilities, entertainment, events & accommodation sectors

Catering, Breweries, event businesses, commercial laundry, marquee hire, boarding kennels, travel agents, catteries, wedding photographers, bridal wear, marquee hire, generator hire

Traders dependent on providing direct in person services in homes

Plumbers, Electricians, Mobile Therapists, Mobile Opticians etc.

Personal Care Facilities

Hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, body and skin piercing services

The decision as to whether a business has been ‘severely affected’ will be at the absolute discretion of the Council. In most cases this will be obvious due to the nature of the business which will have had to make adjustments which have limited its capacity or customer footfall or its ability to trade normally or trade has severely reduced as a result of restrictions on movement or freedom to assemble. It may be necessary to ask for further information in borderline cases.

The following businesses will not be eligible for an award:

a) Businesses that are able to continue to trade and are not severely impacted as they can continue to provide their services normally;

b) Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by Government

c) Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework;

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

e) Businesses eligible for Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) for nationally mandated business closures.

f) Businesses that have already received mandatory business grant funding greater than their normal annual income

g) Student let accommodation

h) Second homes and accommodation let out on an ad hoc basis e.g. through airBnB, or other home sharing sites

Where limits to funding available for this scheme require the Council to prioritise which eligible businesses will receive a grant, a closing date for applications to be received by will be imposed, and if necessary, priority given to businesses that have not yet received any support from Council administered business grants.

Likewise, where funding received from Government for this scheme is underspent, the Council may consider widening the eligibility criteria for the scheme.

Awards

Except for non-rated businesses, the amount of grant awarded depends on the current rateable value (RV) of the business premises, and whether the business is just eligible for this LRSG (Open) scheme or for a combination of LRSG (Open) and LRSG (Closed). For example, some businesses able to remain open under tier 2 restrictions will have had to close under tier 3 restrictions. Awards amounts for LRSG (Closed) periods are higher than for LRSG (Open) periods.

  • Businesses without an RV (non-rated), will receive £467 for each 14 day* qualifying restriction period.
  • Premises with an RV of up to £15k, will receive £467 or £667 for each 14 day* qualifying restriction period they were open or closed respectively.
  • Those with an RV over £15K and below £51K will receive £700 or £1000 for each 14 day* qualifying restriction period they were open or closed respectively.
  • Premises with an RV of £51k and over will receive £1,050 or £1,500 for each 14 day* qualifying restriction period they were open or closed respectively.

*For any period less than 14 days under tier 2 or 3 restrictions this will be a pro-rata amount for the relevant number of days.

A non-rated business can only receive an award under the open scheme, therefore if that business is eligible for the whole period from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (34 days), it will receive a grant of £1,135.

Businesses with a rateable value that are eligible to receive a LRSG (Open) grant for the period from 2 December 2020 that were required to close from 31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 when Tier 3 restrictions were in place, will automatically receive a payment from the LRSG (Closed) scheme for those 5 days with their LRSG (Open) payment. A separate application does not have to be made for each period.

Because awards under the closed scheme are higher than the open scheme, below are some examples of awards businesses can expect to receive.

Example 1

A business with a RV of £15k or under, that is eligible for the whole period from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (34 days) under the LRSG (Open) scheme, will receive a grant of £1,135.

A business with a RV of £15k or under, that is eligible under the LRSG (Open) scheme from 2 December 2020 to 30 December (29 days), and then under the LRSG (Closed) scheme from 31 December 2021 to 4 January 2021 (5 days) will receive a grant of £1,207

Example 2

A business with a RV over £15k but under £51k, that is eligible for the whole period from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (34 days) under the LRSG (Open) scheme, will receive a grant of £1,700

A business with a RV over £15k but under £51k, that is eligible under the LRSG (Open) scheme from 2 December 2020 to 30 December (29 days), and then under the LRSG (Closed) scheme from 31 December 2021 to 4 January 2021 (5 days) will receive a grant of £1,808

Example 3

A business with a RV of £51k or over, that is eligible for the whole period from 2 December 2020 to 4 January 2021 (34 days) under the LRSG (Open) scheme, will receive a grant of £2,550

A business with a RV of £51k or over, that is eligible under the LRSG (Open) scheme from 2 December 2020 to 30 December (29 days), and then under the LRSG (Closed) scheme from 31 December 2021 to 4 January 2021 (5 days) will receive a grant of £2,711

Every claim will be subject to anti-fraud assessment and account verification. Attempts to fraudulently claim public grant funding will result in funds being recovered and legal action being taken in every instance.

Any queries regarding this scheme should be emailed to opengrant@exeter.gov.uk

Full details of our LSRG Open grant scheme can be found in the Exeter City Council Local Restrictions Support Grants (Open) policy document.

See the gov.uk website for Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) – Open details.

 

Update 1 March 2021: We received limited funding for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) Open grant and due to the high volume of applications received this scheme has been temporarily closed. No further applications can be accepted at this time. Once all applications received have been assessed this scheme will be opened up again if funds allow.

 

Please note: We may share your personal data with other council services, other local authorities and government organisations to check the information provided in your application. We are administering these grants on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and your data will be shared with them for evaluation and research purposes. BEIS may contact you directly for research purposes.

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Last updated 1 March 2021