Richmondshire District Council

Local Restrictions Support Grant Application Information

English lockdown between 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 inclusive

Local businesses who were ordered to close between Thursday 5 November to Wednesday 2 December 2020 inclusive

This form is for Business Ratepayers that have been required by the Government to close down as a part of the National Lockdown that commenced on 5 November 2020. A list of business types that are mandated by Government to close during the National Lockdown can be viewed at Venue closures on the Council’s website.

Richmondshire District Council are administering the National Grant Scheme for business in our district area on behalf of the government.

Before you start to complete this grant payment information request, please have to hand your:

  • Business rate account number (this can be found on your business rate bill)
  • Rateable value of the property (this can be found on your business rate bill)
  • Name on business bank account
  • Business bank account number
  • Business bank sort code
  • Business VAT registered number
  • Business company registration number
  • Fields with an asterisk ( * ) are mandatory answers that need to be complete so that you are able to submit the form

    If you are liable for business rates on 4 November 2020 but have not informed the council of this, you should follow the link below and supply your details so that we can create your business rate account number.

    Business rates online

    To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services for the period from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020. Please see the Government Legislation for more details.

    The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary, timely and targeted measures to support public services, people and businesses throughout this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

    The National Grant Scheme is being made available to help businesses and venues which must close. These include:

  • 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; except for providing food and drink for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses, campsites etc. 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 sport 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 much close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples' homes.
  • Community centres and halls except for a limited number of exempt activities.

  • Exceptions?

    Retailers who have businesses that have mixed premises and where only part of the business is subject to national closures (e.g. locksmiths/ shoe repairs, restaurant/takeaway) will be eligible to receive a grant if the business is required to close its main service. The council is required to exercise discretion and judge whether this is the case based on local knowledge.

    Who will receive the funding?

    The person who will receive the grant is the person who (according to the billing records) was the ratepayer in respect of the property. The business must have been trading the day before restrictions came into force i.e. on the 4 November 2020.

    Rate relief shall not be awarded in any circumstances where it appears that an award will result in the ratepayer receiving state aid that is above the current de minimus level of €800,000 aid in a three year period (consisting of the current financial year and the two previous financial years). Please visit the Official European Union Website for more temporary framework for State aid measures.

    Please note - The government and Local Authority will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud - and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

    What happens next:

    If the criteria has been met, payment will be made to the bank account that you have provided on this form.

    Please note Richmondshire District Council is required to follow this guidance and conduct activity to provide assurance that the grants have been paid out in line with the eligibility and State aid conditions for this scheme. We must continue to ensure the safe administration of Government grants and that appropriate measures are put in place, pre-award, to mitigate against the increased risks of both fraud and payment error. In this respect, we will supplement existing controls with digital tools to support efficient, appropriate and accurate grants awards. The Government has provided councils with access to their anti-fraud tools such as Spotlight and National Fraud Initiative (NFI) to support the administration of Covid-19 emergency grants.

    What you'll need to provide:

  • Your contact details
  • Business details (including business rate account number and rateable value of your property)
  • Business bank details (including VAT and Company Registration Number if applicable)

    Your privacy

    The information you provide on this application form will be used to facilitate your business grant application request. The information will only be disclosed to individuals in the Council who require it to complete your request. Please be aware that your information may be passed to the Council’s Counter Fraud Service and/or the Police if we suspect any fraudulent activity. We are also required to refer claim information to HMRC / Government for checking for potential fraudulent activity. For more information about how we use your personal data please see the Council’s Privacy Notice on its website.

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