Budget announcement 4 March 2021

The Government has announced that the Expanded Retail Relief and Nursery schemes will be extended three months for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. For the period 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the scheme will be changing as follows:

  • From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 businesses in receipt of the Expanded Retail Relief discount will receive a 66% reduction in the amount to pay. There will be a cash cap of £2million for businesses that were required to close as at  5 January 2021 and up to £105,000 for businesses permitted to open at that date.
  • From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 businesses in receipt of the Nursery discount will receive a 66% reduction in the amount to pay. There will be a cash cap of £105,000

Businesses may choose to  opt out of the relief schemes by emailing Chichester District Council at taxation@chichester.gov.uk.

Please note the annual business rate bills for 2021/22 will be issued in March 2021 with 100% relief up to 31 March 2022. Revised bills will then be issued in June 2021 to reflect the above changes.

 

Restart Grant for the period 1 April 2021 onwards

You will be able to apply for this scheme from 6 April 2021 onwards and all applications must be received by 30 June 2021. All payments will be made by 31 July 2021

In the Budget on 3 March 2021 the Government announced the new grant scheme will start on 1 April 2021. Local authorities have been instructed that payments must not be issued prior to 1 April 2021.

Please view the government guidelines .

The Restart Grant will be available to the following non-essential businesses that are rated for business rates:

  • Retail
  • Hospitality
  • Accommodation
  • Leisure
  • Personal care
  • Gym premises

For ease of clarification, pubs, cafes, restaurants, along with hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, etc. come under the category "Non-essential hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym premises".

The grant is payable to non-essential businesses occupying the premises as at 1 April 2021.

All grants are taxable and will need to be declared as income on the business tax returns.

The amount is set by the Government and is a one-off payment based on the rateable value and type of business:

Non-essential retail:

Rateable Value

Amount

RV up to and including £15,000 as at 1 April 2021

£2,667

RV over £15,000 and less than £51,000 as at 1 April 2021

£4,000

RV £51,000 and over as at 1 April 2021

£6,000

Non-essential hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, gym premises:

Rateable Value

Amount

RV up to and including £15,000 as at 1 April 2021

£8,000

RV over £15,000 and less than £51,000 as at 1 April 2021

£12,000

RV £51,000 and over as at 1 April 2021

£18,000

Retrospective changes made to a rateable value after 1 April 2021 will be disregarded for the purposes of eligibility.

Exclusions

Retail businesses that are classed as essential and were allowed to open during the lockdown period are excluded from the Restart Grant. This includes:

  • Food retailers
  • Food markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Convenience stores
  • Corner shops
  • Off licences
  • Breweries
  • Pharmacies
  • Chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • Building merchants
  • Petrol stations
  • Vehicle repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi and vehicle hire business
  • Education providers including tutoring services
  • Banks
  • Building societies and other financial providers
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical practices
  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
  • Agricultural supply shops
  • Garden centres
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • wholesalers
  • Employment agencies and businesses
  • Office businesses
  • Automatic car washes
  • mobility support shops

Hospitality businesses that are excluded from the Restart Grant include:

  • Food kiosks and businesses whose main service is takeaway

Leisure businesses that are excluded from the Restart Grant include:

  • All retail businesses
  • Coach tour operators
  • Telescopes

Accommodation businesses that are excluded from the Restart Grant include:

  • Private dwellings
  • Education accommodation
  • Residential homes
  • Care homes
  • Residential family centres
  • Beach huts

Gym and sports businesses that are excluded from the Restart Grant include:

  • Home gyms
  • Home exercise studios
  • Home sports courts
  • Home sports grounds

Personal Care businesses that are excluded from the Restart Grant include:

  • Businesses that provide personal care goods rather than services
  • Businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others
  • Dental services
  • Opticians
  • Audiology services
  • Chiropody
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Medical or health services
  • Personal care services
  • Treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent, or where a striking off notice has been issued are not eligible for a grant.

State Aid Rules

EU State Aid rules no longer apply as from 1 January 2021, however the United Kingdom remains bound by international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the EU.

Details can be found at Subsidy Allowance

If you are unsure of your eligibility please seek in dependant financial advice.

Proofs required for the application form

To comply with Government requirements for the Restart Grant scheme, the following proofs are required:

  • 1 of Evidence that the ratepayer is the bank account holder (bank statement dated January 2021 or more recent)
  • 1 of Evidence the business was trading prior to restrictions or plans to restart (e.g. delivery note, expenses receipt, purchase order, sales receipt)
  • 1 of Evidence the business remains in occupation (e.g. proof of rent, proof of lease, utility bill)
  • 1 of Evidence of ID (eg. drivers license or passport)
  • 1 of Evidence of cancelled bookings for holiday lets

Timing and process for awarding grants

  • Chichester District Council will check applications for eligibility
  • Pre-payment checks will be carried out
  • Chichester District Council will advise successful applicants of the outcome by way of a remittance advice or by email if the application is not successful
  • Chichester District Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible (the main aim being within 10 working days from the application date)

Managing the risk of fraud

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to obtain a grant will face prosecution and any issued funding will be subject to repayment as may any grant paid in error.

How to make an application

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". No other form of application will be considered.

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "April 2021 Restart Grant" in the subject of your email.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021

All applications for this scheme must be received by 31 May 2021 and all payments will be made by 30 June 2021

The Government announced on Monday 22 February 2021 that in order to continue support for non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality businesses required to remain closed, a grant payment would be made for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021 (44 days).

Please view the government guidelines .

A list of businesses subject to closure are also available to view.

Grant Payment levels

Rateable Value

Amount

 

For properties with a rateable value £15K or under

 

 

£2,096

 

For properties with a rateable value over £15K and less than £51K

 

 

£3,143

 

For properties with a rateable value of £51K and over

 

 

£4,714

Proofs required for application form

  • 1 of - Evidence that the ratepayer is the bank account holder (bank statement)

We will contact you if any additional information is required

Timing and process for awarding grants

  • Chichester District Council will check applications for eligibility
  • Chichester District Council revenues team will carry our due diligence checks
  • The Council will advise successful applicants of the outcome by way of a remittance advice or by email if the application is not successful
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible (the aim being within 10 working days from the application date)

How to make an application

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses" and apply under the appropriate rateable value (RV). No other form of application will be considered.

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "February 2021 business grant" in the subject of your email.

 

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) for the period 1 April 2021 onwards

All applications must be received by 30 June 2021. All payments will be made by 31 July 2021

Announcement on 28 April 2021 - Please note we are presently awaiting further funding from the Government in respect to the Additional Restrictions Grant. This will cause a delay in payment. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

This funding is to assist local economies and businesses that have been affected by national restrictions to help the spread of COVID19. These guidelines have been revised to take into account the Government announcement on 4 March 2021.

Who does it help?

The scheme's intention is to help the following businesses that operate within the Chichester district and were open and trading before national restrictions were imposed:

  • Businesses that are required to close but are not entitled to the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed/Closed Addendum) schemes as they are not responsible for business rates (e.g. non-essential market traders, bed & breakfast, shared workspace in the non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality sectors)
  • Businesses that are not required to close but have been severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of COVID19 (e.g. businesses that supply the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, or businesses in the events sector)
  • Businesses in the non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality industries that are required to close or are severely impacted, that are not eligible for the Local restrictions Support Grant (Closed/Closed Addendum) schemes as they are waiting for a business rates valuation from the Valuation Office Agency
  • The scheme is also open to businesses that receive the Local Restrictions Support Grant or Restart Grant. This is awarded at the discretion of Chichester District Council

The business has to pay unavoidable fixed property costs during the period of restrictions.

Local Eligibility Criteria

  • Any business applying must be operating within the Chichester district
  • The intention of the scheme will be to support businesses that intend to continue to trade and do business in the local area after COVID19
  • Where a business has not been required to close, consideration will be given to the fixed costs of that business, such as rent and other unavoidable costs incurred by the business. These will be used to estimate the rateable value
  • Priority will be given to businesses that, whilst not required to close have been affected by the closure of other businesses. This includes businesses that supply the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, or those in the events sector
  • Priority will be given to businesses and organisations that provide support to local communities within the Chichester District Council area, and where the restrictions have impacted on their income, that are highly likely to flourish after COVID19
  • Chichester District Council may take into account the number of employees and the scale and risk of potential job losses, whether businesses have had to close operations and are unable to trade online, and the consequent scale of impact of COVID19 losses
  • A business will be required to demonstrate that they have been severely impacted by the national restrictions
  • Where a business has not been required to close, Chichester District Council will consider the fixed costs of that business, including rent and business rates
  • The grant awards will be inline with the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed/Closed Addendum) and Restart Grant schemes
  • The awarding of a previous grant will not exclude a business from applying; however this may be a factor when deciding to award a grant and/or the level of grant. This will be at the discretion of Chichester District Council

Exclusions

  • Businesses that have received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid/Subsidy Allowance Limits
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
  • Certain businesses will not be eligible to apply. This includes AirBnB businesses due to the limited funding and shortage of housing within West Sussex
  • Businesses that were not trading on the respective funding rounds for this discretionary grant scheme:
  1. Round 1 - 5 November 2020
  2. Round 2 - 2 December 2020
  3. Round 3 - 5 January 2021
  4. Round 4 - 16 February 2021
  5. Round 5 - 1 April 2021

Grant Payment Levels

Category

Grant Amount

Eligible mobile sole trader (e.g. taxi driver) unable to trade (or severe loss of income due to COVID19) or local business with a registered trading address within the Chichester district on or before 1 April 2021 (or subsequent date). The taxi driver is paid based on which Local Authority the licence fee is paid to.

 

At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month / eligible market trader unable to trade (or severe loss of income) with ongoing costs.

 

 

Up to £1,000 (£400 for taxi drivers) per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round

Eligible market trader unable to trade or local business with a Chichester District registered trading address, trading on or before 1 April 2021 (or subsequent date).

 

At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month / eligible market trader, unable to trade with ongoing costs

 

Up to £1,000 per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round

 

Businesses occupying a commercial property on the Local Authority Rating List with a rateable value of £15,000 or less.

 

Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of £15,000 per annum (£1,250 per month) or less.

 

If no Rateable Value or rent, then the Local Authority may estimate the Rateable Value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the businesses with a value of £15,000 or less per annum.

 

Non-essential retail is defined by the Government as a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services where the primary purpose of products and services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

 

 

Up to £2,667 for non-essential retail businesses per ARG funding round

 

 

 

 

Up to £8,000 for non-essential leisure and hospitality businesses per ARG funding round

 

Businesses occupying a commercial property on the Local Authority Rating List with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000

 

Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of over £15,000 per annum and less than £51,000

 

If no Rateable Value or rent, then the Local Authority may estimate the Rateable Value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the businesses with a value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum.

Non-essential retail is defined by the Government as a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services where the primary purpose of products and services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

 

 

Up to £4,000 for non-essential retail businesses per ARG funding round

 

 

 

 

Up to £12,000 for non-essential leisure and hospitality businesses per ARG funding round

 

Businesses occupying a commercial property on the Local Authority Rating List with a rateable value of £51,000 or above

 

Where there is no Rateable Value, then businesses paying rent of £51,000 or above per annum

 

If no Rateable Value or rent, then the Local Authority may estimate the Rateable Value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the businesses with a value of £51,000 or above per annum.

 

Non-essential retail is defined by the Government as a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services where the primary purpose of products and services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

 

 

Up to £6,000 for non-essential retail businesses per ARG funding round

 

 

 

 

Up to £18,000 for non-essential leisure and hospitality businesses per ARG funding round

 

In exceptional circumstances any local authority in West Sussex may pay above the maximum amounts outlined in the above boxes.

 

This is at the discretion of the individual local authority

 

Exceptional circumstances are not defined, but businesses need to meet at least two conditions - severe loss of income and closure

 

Amount to be determined by Chichester District Council per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round

 

Proofs required for the application form

  • Proof of identity (e.g. passport or drivers licence)
  • Evidence that the claimant is the bank account holder (bank statement dated January 2021 or more recent)
  • Evidence of unavoidable fixed property costs incurred by the business such as rent, rates or mortgage payments. This does not include personal or household costs
  • Evidence the business is closed or partially closed (e.g. a retail premise trading as click and collect only)

How to make an application

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply for the scheme "Additional Restrictions Grant" under the appropriate category. No other form of application will be considered.

As a condition of the grant the business must sign a declaration on the application form that they are not committing any fraud and they are fully complying with State Aid/Subsidy Allowance limits.

Should your application be unsuccessful you will be advised of the outcome by email. Although there is no formal right of appeal a review of the decision can be made on request.

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "April 2021 Restart Grant" in the subject of your email.

Details on the full scheme are available to view below:

pdf icon Additional Restrictions Grant guidelines [391kb]