Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

Support for businesses impacted by lockdown

Grants for eligible businesses which have been required to close by law during the latest phase of national COVID-19 restrictions are now available.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant - funded by central government and administered by Ashford Borough Council - will be available to those in the Ashford Borough Council District that are:

  • Liable for business rates, and
  • Were open as usual and providing in-person services from the business premises the day before lockdown was imposed on 5th November, and
  • Required to close by law

If you meet the criteria and wish to claim the Local Restrictions Support Grant, please apply using the button below.

Data Protection

Ashford Borough Council is the data controller for any personal information held in this form. Your information will be used to administrate Covid related business support, and processing is being conducted relying upon the public interest legal basis. Your data may be shared with other departments within the council, HMRC and other government departments for the purpose of improving services, keeping records up-to-date and for the protection of the public fund. We will not share your personal information with any third parties unless we are required or permitted to do so by law. For more information about your data protection rights please see the Council’s data protection pages which can be found on our website or contact the Data Protection Officer at, The Data Protection Officer, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford TN23 1PL.

The following grant awards are available to businesses.

Measure Description Mechanism Update 

Local Restrictions Support Grant

 

(LRSG)

Businesses that pay Business Rates and are required to close in England due to the 28-day national lockdown that started on 5th November will be eligible to apply for the LRSG. They could be eligible for the following:

  • For properties with a rateable value of £15k or under, grants to be £1,334 for the 28-day period
  • For properties with a rateable value of over £15k and below £51k, grants to be £2,000 for the 28-day period
  • For properties with a rateable value of £51k or over, grants to be £3,000 for the 28-day period

 

Check if you're a business that is required to close on gov.uk

Details on the Local Restrictions Support Grant are available on gov.uk

 

The national lockdown started on 5 November.

 

Businesses which have been adversely impacted by the pandemic but do not meet the criteria may qualify for an Additional Restrictions Grant.

These grants - also funded by central government and administered by ABC – will be awarded as per the guidance set out by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

View our Local Restrictions Support Grant Policy [pdf] 239KB.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ I am a charity, can I apply for a Local Restrictions Grant?

If you’re in a business premises, which has a business rating, and have been forced to close due to the national restrictions then you can apply for a grant.

+ I am in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief, do I apply for LRSG or ARG?

The eligibility criteria for LRSG is that you have a business rates assessment and are occupying a premises which is required to close by law. Being in receipt of SBRR does not remove eligibility.

+ Do I need to pay back this grant?

This financial support is a grant payment in the year 2020/21. As it is a grant payment it does not need to be paid back, but it should be declared in your end of year returns.