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Further government grants available for businesses remaining closed as restrictions continue

Following the Prime Ministers announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021 of a continuation of National Lockdown restrictions, the government has confirmed that further grant support is available to businesses that have been instructed to remain closed.

Payments will be made in the form of a Local Restrictions Support Grant for a 44 day period from 16th February 2021 to 31st March 2021.

  • £2,096 for businesses with a property rateable value of £15,000 or less.
  • £3,143 for businesses with a property rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,999
  • £4,174 for businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or more

Business ratepayers who have already applied for, or been paid a grant for the national restrictions imposed on 4th January 2021 will not need to re-apply and businesses will be contacted directly with details of their grant payments. The Council will, however, be required to complete some pre-payment checks to confirm that businesses remain eligible for the further payment. If we require further information, businesses will be contacted directly.

Unfortunately, Sefton Council will also be required to close its payment system down for a few days to commence the calculation and production of  140,000 Business Rates and Council Tax Bills and this will hinder payments from being issued as quickly as might be hoped. However, the Council is working on a timeline of issuing payments to all eligible businesses between 12th and 19th March 2021.

Full details of eligibility is available on the Sefton Council website here under the section ‘Local Restrictions Support Grant (For Businesses Instructed to Close)’. 

The team dealing with and processing business grants will not be able to respond to individual calls or enquiries asking for updates on payments, so the continued patience from businesses is greatly appreciated.