Following new national restrictions being imposed in England, for the period 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, the Government has provided Councils with funding to help support businesses affected by the restrictions.
The first fund is for a mandatory grant scheme, where the Government has set the eligibility rules. This will apply to business premises which:
- must close, (and includes non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses)
- and appear on the local rating list, complied by the Valuation Office Agency
This scheme is officially known as the Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) – addendum and only applies during the period of national restriction.
Somerset West and Taunton Council is awaiting final guidance and clarification from the Government in relation to this grant, and are working with partner authorities to ensure a consistent approach in its administration. Once details are available SWT will finalise the application process and start inviting applications. The application form will be available on the Somerset West and Taunton website as well as publicised via Facebook and Twitter.
Additional Restrictions Grant
The second funding SWT has received is an Additional Restrictions Grant. Councils will be able to decide how best to use this money to help support businesses affected by national restrictions (whether the business is open or closed and whether they occupy properties rated for business rates or not). SWT has only just received this funding and the associated guidance and will need time to consider the options.