Businesses across Hinckley and Bosworth that have been ordered to remain closed under the tier three restrictions national restrictions are now being urged to apply for a grant.
The Local restrictions support grant (LRSG-closed) (Tier 3 restrictions payments) grant scheme, opens today, will pay qualifying businesses grants worth up to £1,500 for each 14 day period they are forced to remain closed as part of continuing restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The scheme aims to help hospitality businesses including pubs, restaurants, cafes and social clubs as well as hotels, B&B’s, guest houses, indoor entertainment and visitor attractions that first had to close to the public from the start of the national restrictions on 5 November and then remain closed from 2 December under the tier three restrictions.
Those businesses can now apply for a further fixed grant of £667, £1,000 or £1,500 for each 14 day tier three closure period that began on 2 December, with the grant amount depending on the rateable value of the premises.
The grant will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of local restrictions. Those premises with a rateable value of £15,000 and under are eligible for £667, premises from £15,000 to £51,000 are eligible for £1,000 and premises with a rateable value of £51,000 and over are eligible for £1,500 for each 14 days qualifying period.
Additionally, the borough council has also opened applications for the Christmas Support Payment for wet-led pubs. This one-off cash grant of £1,000 supports pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food and have been severely impacted over the festive season due to tier two or three restrictions.
Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council is distributing the grants according to a strict national eligibility criteria, and is encouraging all eligible businesses to apply online as soon as possible. Visit our coronavirus business advice page for more information: help and advice for businesses.
For severely affected businesses that do not have a rateable value or those that are not required to close but are unable to continue operating due to social distancing rules a separate discretionary grant scheme, known as the Local Restrictions Support Grant (open) will also be available shortly. For the latest information visit local restrictions support grant
Council Leader Stuart Bray added: “This is an absolute priority; we are determined to get the grants out to our local businesses as soon as we possibly can to mitigate the impact of these ongoing restrictions affecting the local economy. We appreciate it’s a very worrying time and we are determined to do all we can to help our local businesses.”
For more information about eligibility, frequently asked questions and to apply visit our coronavirus business advice page for more information: help and advice for businesses