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Applications open for lockdown support

Councils across Gloucestershire have opened applications for Lockdown Support Grants for businesses affected by the restrictions as part of England's November coronavirus lockdown.

The councils are responsible for the local delivery of the government scheme and making payments.

Businesses are eligible to apply for the grants if:

  • They were providing an in-person service to customers from business premises which were required to close..
  • They are liable to pay business rates (even if they have not paid rates this financial year due to a relief or exemption).
  • Businesses that have closed the main part of their operations but adapted to provide a reduced service (such as takeaway or click and collect) if they are liable for business rates.
  • Businesses which primarily provided takeaway or click and collect services before the restrictions) are not eligible.

Grants are based on the rateable value of the property and will be paid per 28-day qualifying restriction period.

Businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under can get a grant payment of £1,334, which rises to £2,000 for a rateable value of £15,001-50,999 and £3,000 for more than £51,000.

Councillor Mike Evemy, deputy Leader and cabinet Member for finance at Cotswold District Council, said: "We have ensured the online application form is straightforward and jargon-free and we will process applications as speedily as we can.

"We expect the number of applications to be high and we would ask for your patience as we work through them."

Details of applying for the grants are available on each district, borough and city council's individual website.

Councillor Richard Leppington, cabinet member for finance at Forest of Dean District Council, said: "Given we cannot accurately predict demand, there may be a delay and we do not want to make promises we cannot keep.

"Our teams will be working flat-out to process applications and conduct all necessary checks and get payments made to local businesses."

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