The application closing date was 31 March 2021
This grant is for businesses in Merton that did not have to close but which were severely impacted due to Local COVID Alert Level restrictions: by this we mean if your business was mandated to close early by the new restrictions or the operation of your business was directly affected by the restrictions regarding socialising indoors. For example, venues selling food and drink. Please check on the link below if your business was subject to these restrictions or closures.
This strand of Local Restriction Support Grant was announced 22 October 2020 to help kick-start recovery for businesses.
Full Government guidance
Properties benefitting from the discretionary grant
This is support for businesses that are not legally required to close but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising put in place to manage coronavirus and save lives.
Priority will be given to hospitality, hotel, bed & breakfast (that pay business rates) and leisure businesses for grants funding in this scheme.
Level of grants
The Government guidance states the following levels of grant:
- Grants of up to £934 per 28-day period for businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
- Grants of up to £1,400 per 28-day period for businesses occupying a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
- Grants of up to £2,100 per 28-day period for businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions
As Merton were in tier 2 restrictions for the period 17 October to 4 November 2020 (19 days) the awards will be pro rata for the period.
For the period 17 October to 4 November 2020 the payments will be:
- Grants of up to £634 per 28-day period for businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
- Grants of up to £950 per 28-day period for businesses occupying a property with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
- Grants of up to £1,425 per 28-day period for businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions
Businesses eligible for a discretionary grant will be entitled to receive one grant per business (not one per business premises) within the lockdown zone in each 28 day qualifying period. A grant may be paid to the same businesses or to different eligible businesses in subsequent qualifying periods.
We will invite applications from mid-December for the grants due for the period 17 October to 4 November 2020. Applications will be required to be made via an online form on our website. Businesses will be required to provide information and evidence to support the claim via the online form.
This evidence will be required to validate the claim and captured to provide to the Government. This information will include, evidence of property costs, bank details for the business, number of employees, type of business.
Businesses will be required to confirm that they meet the criteria, and that the amount of relief is not in excess of State Aid limits. (See the De Minimis Regulations (1407/2013)
There will be pre and post payment checks undertaken.
Exclusions from the discretionary grant
Businesses that are able to continue to trade because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services at least partly online (e.g. solicitors, accountants, tutors).
Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by Government will not be eligible.
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.
For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for funding under this scheme.
Businesses still subject to national closures (e.g. nightclubs) will not be eligible
We have received £360,853.
If the grants paid for the period 17 October to 3 November 2020 exceed the funding of £360,853 the shortfall will be supported from the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) discretionary scheme.
If the grants paid for the period 17 October to 3 November 2020 is less than the funding the unused funding will be rolled forward to the next Local Restrictions Support Grants (Open) Tier 2 scheme and the level of grants may be increased.
If we move into local restrictions after the national lockdown, or at any stage in the future this policy and scheme will be re-instigated. Where possible we will make awards without further applications.
Depending on the level of future funding and number of applications we cannot guarantee that the recommended level of grants detailed above will be paid.
Decisions will be made by Senior Officers in Revenues Service and approved by the Head of Revenues and Benefits on behalf of the Director of Corporate Services.
The business will be notified of the decision by email.
The progress and results from the grants scheme will be reported to the Corporate Management Team
Merton is not required to provide a right of appeal against any decision. This is because grants awarded under the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) scheme are discretionary awards.
Merton will work with applicants to make sure they provide the necessary evidence to support a successful application.
We operate a complaints process for dissatisfied service.
|Director of Corporate Services decision||3 December 2020|
|Call in period ends||9 December 2020|
|Software due ||11 December 2020|
|Testing of software and web form||11 to 16 December 2020 |
|Communications campaign starts ||17 December 2020 |
|Applications go live ||21 December 2020|
|Review of applications start||18 December 2020|
|Commence payments||18 December 2020|
|Report back to Corporate Management Team||26 January 2021|