Businesses in the South Hams and West Devon which were ordered to close when the national restrictions began on 5 November 2020, can now apply for a grant of either £1,334, £2,000, or £3,000 depending on the rateable value of the business.
From today (Monday 16 November) businesses can apply for the grant through the councils' websites – www.southhams.gov.uk
Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis and the first payments will reach bank accounts from Wednesday 25 November.
At the beginning of the current national restrictions, central government announced that there would be further support for businesses who could not trade. This grant is called the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) and is aimed at those businesses which were told that they must close because of the threat posed by COVID-19.
Businesses from the hospitality industry, including pubs, restaurants, and holiday accommodation are included in the list of those eligible for the grant. Those which provide personal care, such as hairdressers, beauty salons, and many businesses in the leisure industry such as gyms, swimming pools, and soft play centres are also on the list.
If a business (included in the list) is substantially closed but still able to offer some click and collect or take-away service, it is still eligible for this business support grant.A full list of all the businesses that were instructed to close, and those on the exemption list can be found on the Government's business advice pages: www.gov.uk/government/
Once approved the grant will provide those eligible businesses with a rolling 28-day grant, lasting as long as the national restrictions apply.
Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council said: “In a matter of days we have made all necessary arrangements for you to be able to apply for this grant. All businesses in the South Hams are really important to us and we know how hard this pandemic has affected you. Our aim now is to get this money to you as quickly as possible.”
The amount of Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) awarded to you will depend on the rateable value of your business premises:
To be eligible for this current Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG), there are four conditions with which your business must comply:
- Occupy and be liable for business rates on a property that appears in the Local Rating List on 4 November 2020
- Have been trading on 4 November 2020
- Have been open as usual on 4 November 2020 and providing in-person services to customers from their premises; and
- Mandated to close from 5 November 2020 to visiting members of the public for a consecutive period of no less than 28 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1994.
You must also have the following information to hand before you start your application process. We do not want your payment to be delayed so please make sure you send in the correct information:
- Recent bank account statement showing account number and address
- Your company number
In addition, the councils are encouraging all businesses to keep following them on social media and to sign up for their business email alerts.
Cllr Judy Pearce added: “These grants are being administered differently from the grants we administered earlier in the year. We will not be writing to you telling you to apply, simply go to our website and begin your application.
“We would also strongly recommend that you sign up for our Business E-Bulletin. That will ensure that you get information about further grants and business support when we publish it.”
Apply for the grant on the councils’ Business Support Pages
Find out which businesses should be closed under current national restrictions
Devon County Council have updated their Coronavirus website and it now includes links to all the relevant data for Devon in an accessible format. The following advice/information is taken from that site.
Devon, so far, is doing well to keep the number of confirmed cases low, even after there’s been easing of lockdown restrictions. That’s largely due to residents, and visitors, sticking to the guidance. There is no sign of any impact from the relaxation of lockdown or increased visitor numbers.
"To protect yourself and others, when you leave home you must:
- keep washing your hands regularly
- wear a face covering over your nose and mouth in enclosed spaces
- stay at least a metre, or better still two, away from people not in your household."
We're still posting the latest national, regional and local updates and developments, but recently we've included links to the available data.
"The data is publicly available from different sources, but we've pulled it together into the one place to give Devon residents and visitors to the county access to the latest information.
Devon County Council is also actively recruiting people to work in the Adult Care sector, particularly people aged 16 - 25 years who would be interested in making it their long term career choice. Details are available on the following link.