National Lockdown from 4 January 2021

On Monday 4 January, the Prime Minister announced that the country would enter a third national lockdown. In response the Chancellor has announced an additional package of lockdown grants. This will support the retail, leisure and hospitality sector and businesses who must close under the current Covid restrictions.

The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment will be a one-off payment of up to £9,000. This amount is dependent on the rateable value the business premises: 

 Rateable value of the businessPayment amount
 £15,000 or under£4,000
 Between £15,000 and £51,000£6,000
 Above £51,000£9,000

Further information can be at  Gov.uk  

You do not need to apply separately for this scheme, the relevant payment will be added to any grant awarded under the Tier 4 and National Lockdown Restrictions Support Grant. Therefore you will receive one payment in respect of both grants.       `

Please note – Businesses that have already applied for the Tier 4 and National Lockdown Restrictions Support Grant will not be required to re-apply and will automatically receive the Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment.


Tier 4 and National Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant as from 19 December 2020

This scheme is for businesses who are named on the Business Rates bill and have been mandated to close since Rother entered tier 4 restrictions on 19th December 2020 who meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • were open as usual and
  • providing in-person services to customers from your business premises and
  • then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and were
  • trading the day before local restrictions came into force.

This grant will initially cover the period 19th December 2020 (when Rother entered tier 4) until 15th February 2021 (when the current national lockdown restrictions are due to be reviewed). This is a total of 59 days. If either national lockdown or tier 4 restrictions apply after the 15th February 2021, the scheme will be extended accordingly but a fresh application may be required.


Discretionary Tier 4 and National Lockdown Additional Restriction Grant as from 19 December 2020

The Government recognises that some businesses that are required to close may not have rateable commercial premises and therefore won’t be covered by the main Local Restrictions Grants Scheme (LRSG). 

Therefore the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been made available by Government to Local Authorities to use at its discretion to support local businesses affected by the local and  national restrictions. The awarding of this grant is at the total discretion of the Council but in accordance with the guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (pdf)

This grant will initially cover the period 19th December 2020 (when Rother entered tier 4) until 15th February 2021 (when the current national lockdown restrictions are due to be reviewed). This is a total of 59 days. If either national lockdown or tier 4 restrictions apply after the 15th February 2021, the scheme will be extended accordingly but a fresh application may be required.


Local Restrictions Support Grant for Open businesses for period between 2 December to 18 December 2020

The government has provided local authorities with additional funding for businesses that are not legally required to close but which are severely impacted by the localised restrictions on socialising put in place under Tier 2 to manage coronavirus and save lives.

The Local restrictions support grant (LRSG) – open  is aimed at businesses within the hospitality, leisure and holiday accommodation sectors who whilst open have experienced a severe reduction in their income due to Covid 19 restrictions. The grant funding is available retrospectively from 2 December 2020 when Rother first entered Tier 2 restrictions.   

Please note: Applications for this grant closed on Sunday 17th January 2021.


Christmas support payment for wet-led pubs for period between 2 and 29 December 2020

On 1 December 2020, the government announced the introduction of additional support over the festive period for wet-led pubs in areas under Tier 2 or 3 restrictions for all or part of the period between 2 and 29 December 2020. The grant is a one-off payment of £1,000 for pubs that predominantly serve alcohol rather than provide food.


Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant (for businesses required to close) for period between 2 December to 18 December 2020

The Government has made financial support available for businesses affected by the move to Tier Two.

The Tier 2 Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) (Closed) is available to businesses which are required to be closed for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 will be eligible for this funding. In Tier 2 this typically refers to pubs and bars, unless they are operating as restaurants.

Please note: Applications for this grant closed on Sunday 17th January 2021.


Local Restrictions Support Grant for the period of the 2nd national lockdown – 5 November to 2 December

Applications for this grant will close on the 23 December 2020. After this date if you believe you are eligible for this grant please email your contact details to Business.Grants@rother.gov.uk including “2nd national lockdown” in the subject heading and we will get back to you

On Saturday 31 October 2020 the Government announced additional support for businesses through The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) following their announcements that further Covid-19 restrictions were to be put in place for the period 5 November  –  2 December 2020.


Additional Restriction Grant – now closed

The Government recognises that some businesses that are required to close may not have rateable commercial premises and therefore won’t be covered by the main Local Restrictions Grants Scheme (LRSG). 

Therefore the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) has been made available by Government to Local Authorities to use at its discretion to support local businesses affected by the national restrictions. The awarding of this grant is at the total discretion of the Council but in accordance with the guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)


Business support finder

A new ‘support finder’ tool has been launched by the Government to help businesses and self-employed people across the UK to quickly and easily determine what financial support is available to them during the coronavirus pandemic.

The finder tool on GOV.UK asks business owners to fill out a simple online questionnaire, which can take minutes to complete, and they will then be directed to a list of all the financial support they may be eligible for. The support finder can be found at https://www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder


Support for self-employed through the Self-employment Income Support Scheme

The Government has launched the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) which will support self-employed individuals (including members of partnerships) who have lost income due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant worth 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for the next 3 months. This may be extended if needed. There are qualifying criteria and we understand that the payment is likely to be paid in arrears in June for the April to June period.

The Government have published a whole webpage for supporting businesses, including those who are self-employed.

Read more about the Self-employment Income Support Scheme and apply

The Council may also be able to help you with paying your council tax:

Existing  Housing Benefit / Council Tax Reduction claimants: Please email: revenuesandbenefits@rother.gov.uk if you are no longer undertaking Self Employed work due Covid-19 restrictions and we will reassess your entitlement to help, based on your revised circumstances. If your situation changes again (e.g. you are able to recommence working) or if you receive a grant from the Government payable under the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), then you must tell us as soon as possible.

New Council Tax Reduction claims, please go online to the Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction application form, to make an application or if you are claiming Universal Credit you will be able to opt to claim a reduction in your council tax as part of your application process. You can apply even if you have been trading for more than 52 weeks but are now earning less, we will not apply the Minimum Income Floor for 6 months. We are treating Covid-19 as a significant change to a business and will consider it a fresh start- up period giving you access to this help. Further information is available on the Council Tax Reduction page.


Further information

For more information about the Government’s support measures for businesses please visit the UK Government web page:  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

Further advice and guidance is also available through the East Sussex Growth Hub: https://southeastbusiness.org.uk/east-sussex/

Information about business closure regulations in response to COVID-19

You can listen to Covid-19 Business Support explained in other languages on the Business East Sussex website.