Daily business support update

We have now paid out almost £5.8-million to 3,164 businesses since November.

Here's the 21 January update on how each of the grants is progressing:

1. Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 5th November - 1st December
We launched this grant on 26 November. We have paid out more 1,298 grants totalling £1.9-million. 346 unsuccesful applications have been recorded (most of these were duplicate applications.
Your business may be entitled to a Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) payment if you have been required to close during the national lockdown restrictions from the 5th November to 2 December 2020.

Find out more and apply for LRSG

View the Government guidance on the grant schemes and grant levels available under the LRSG scheme.

For any eligibility queries on the Local Restrictions Support Grant please contact: BusinessGrants@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

There are many businesses out there who have yet to apply for November’s LRSG grant. Go to this webpage and register on the Covid LRSG link.

2. Additional Restrictions Grant: 5th November onwards
Applications launched on 17 December; processing is underway and so far we have paid out 86 grants to a value of £76,932.

The ARG is for businesses not eligible for the LRSG that are required to close or are in the supply chain to a closed sector and can demonstrate that they have significant ongoing fixed business overheads and have been seriously impacted by the restrictions.

Find out more and apply here for ARG

For any eligibility queries on the Additional Restrictions Grant please contact: ARGAppraisalTeam@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

3. Wet-led’ pub Christmas Support Payment
We launched applications for this grant on 18 December; processing is underway and 74 grants have been paid (£74,000 in total) from 82 applications received.
  • Pubs must apply by 31 January, as that is when Govt has set the closing date for the Wet Pubs CSP scheme (this is the only scheme they have set a specific closing date for)
  • Pubs will have had an email from us before Christmas – what they must do is click on the link within it, then answer the few questions it takes you to.
  • Only half those pubs sent the email have responded. It is money they are entitled so, so please apply asap
4. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed): 2-30 December
Applications are being invited by email w/c 11 January. This grant is for businesses required to close throughout the Tier 3 restriction period 2-30 December. The grant will be either £1,334, or £2,000, or £3,000 - depending on the Rateable Value of the business premises. 751 businesses have received £1,110,744 (21 January).

5. LRSG (Open) grant Tier 2 and 3 (leisure): 31 October-4 November & 2-30 December
Applications are being invited by email w/c 11 January. This one-off £1700 grant is for eligible leisure businesses open but severely impacted during the Tier 2 period 31 October to 4 November and the Tier 3 period 2-30 December.

LRSG (Open) grant Tier 2 (hospitality and accommodation): 31 October-4 November
Applications were being invited by email w/c 11 January. This one off £250 grant for eligible hospitality and accommodation businesses open but severely impacted during Tier 2 restrictions 31 October to 4 November.
585 businesses have received a total of £157,850 to date from 669 applications.

NOTE re grant 5: Eligible businesses can receive one (not both) of these one-off, flat rate, fixed Open grants to cover all tiering periods between 31 Oct and 30 Dec.

We invited applications for 6, 7 and 8 (below) on 21 January and 370 payments had been made in the sum of £2,472,139. We are paying the three as a single payment.

6. Tier 4 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum): 31st December onwards
  • £238 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £357 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £536 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

7. Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum): 5 Jan -15 Feb
  • £2,001 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £3,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £4,500 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

8. Closed Business Lockdown Payment): 5 Jan-15 Feb
The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:
  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000
NOTE: Hospitality and accommodation businesses (open in Tier 2 but closed in Tier 3) should apply for both LRSG (Open), for 31 Oct-4 Nov, and LRSG (Closed) for 2-30 Dec. They will get two emails from us inviting two applications, and should reply to both emails. Each email concerns a different payment, so each email will require a separate response. That way they should get both payments they are entitled to.

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Feedback from applicants

With regards to the expedience and quality of service provided by every member of your staff I came into contact with in assisting me with my application, from Lockdown One through to the present time, all displayed great knowledge of the situation and provided me with all the help I needed to complete my claim submission with ease.

Each and every member of your staff I encountered in bringing my application to fruition were all considerate, extremely proficient, showed tremendous understanding of the situation, were very helpful, exceptionally polite and courteous and, above all else, they showed great professionalism in their job.

In essence, they were all a delight to deal with and made, what could have been a difficult process to follow, simple and straightforward.

I would like to thank very much each and every one who aided me.
Rodger Wylde, holiday cottage operator, Curbar

I would like to thank you for your excellent and informative service during the pandemic. I have a number of businesses in different local authorities and your team has been by the best to work with and the fastest to react and I have no doubt your team has saved many businesses and jobs. And also made this awful situation a little more manageable.
Shaun White, Director,  Eat Drink Sleep Bg Ltd

How we are assessing and paying these grants

We appreciate how vital this funding is to impacted businesses in the Derbyshire Dales, but please don't contact us yet to check the progress of your application as this will serve only to slow down the process. Sign up for email alerts here.

In the first round of business support grants earlier this year we paid out more than £31-million in Government coronavirus business grant payments to almost 2,500 accounts by the end of October 2020.

We have diverted entire District Council teams onto business grants to enable payments to be made as accurately and quickly as possible.

Deeply involved in grants, necessitating diversion from other work, are the District Council's Transformation team, Economic Development, Finance, Internal Audit, BSU, Revenues, Sports Development, Planning and Housing.

Whilst this might have an impact upon performance of other council services, it is right that we have diverted staff onto business grants for now.

Meanwhile other staff are picking up additional work while their colleagues are diverted onto grants work.

The status of these grants is constantly changing. By adding new grants every few days, the Government is creating a non-stop process of developing new grants systems.

The process

For each grant, we :
(i) wait for Government guidance (which is then clarified later by FAQs)
(ii) design the application process to get the information required
(iii) build the IT system to automate that process
(iv) test the system to make sure it works as intended
(v) launch the grant,
(vi) process applications
(vii) make payments.

What takes time is (i)-(iv) which requires technical work in developing new systems for each grant.

How complicated is it?

For the first lockdown last year (five months March-July), there were only three business grant schemes. Already in the two months since November 2020, we have eight grant schemes active. This can be baffling for businesses and a bureaucratic challenge for councils. Every time a new grant is announced, there is technical work needed to set up the system for that new grant.

The Government's audit and assurance requirements are very detailed. We have to satisfy their requirements for pre and post payment assurance procedures. This has had a huge impact on the time it takes to set up the appropriate systems and undertake the checks.

Important notes

1. For successful LRSG recipients:
You may have received an email notifying you that subsequent grant payments would be triggered automatically on a 14-day cycle for each completed restriction period.

Unfortunately this will not be the case and we apologise for the confusion regarding ongoing payments.

Grants are now available in respect of the Tier 3 period (2nd- 30th December), and later in January will be available the Tier 4 period we entered on 31st December and the lockdown period starting 5 January. You will receive details of these new grants, by email direct from the District Council, when the application system is open (please expect this in mid-January). Those emails will each include a link and will ask you to complete a simple re-declaration. You should then follow the link and complete the re-declaration. When you do so, your grant payment will be authorised.

Because the Government insists on each grant payment being accounted for separately, you may get more than one such email (each to trigger the next grant payment). You will need to respond to each one. We are sorry about this.

Please be assured that your business will receive all grants from the District Council for which you are eligible.

2. LRSG (Open)

LRSG (Open) is a discretionary grant, aimed at businesses with a rateable value open during Tier 2/3 but significantly impacted by COVID restrictions. The Government wishes it to be focused on accommodation, hospitality and leisure businesses.

The Derbyshire Dales was in Tier 2 for five days (31 October to 4 November 2020), and in Tier 3 for twenty-nine days (2-30 December 2020).

During the Tier 2 period, accommodation, hospitality and leisure businesses were allowed to open. However during the longer Tier 3 period, accommodation and hospitality businesses were required to close (whilst leisure businesses were again allowed to open). The position is therefore:

  * Accommodation and Hospitality businesses: eligible for LRSG Open grant in Tier 2 only – a five day period
  * Leisure businesses : eligible for LRSG Open grant in Tier 2 and Tier 3 – a thirty-four day period 

The District Council has designed LRSG (Open) grants so that eligible businesses can receive one (not both) of the following one-off, flat rate, fixed Open grants to cover all tiering periods between 31 Oct and 30 Dec

          o LRSG (Open) grant Tier 2 (2020) (hospitality and accommodation) - £250
          o LRSG (Open) grant Tier 2 and 3 (2020) (leisure) - £1700 (applicants required to evidence 30% reduction in income)

Grants at these levels equate to £50 per day, which is commensurate with the middle band level published by the Government. They are for rated businesses, in the sectors requested by the Government, at a rate indicated by the Government (in a single band, rather than three bands dependent on Rateable Value level, reflecting the smaller size of the majority Derbyshire Dales businesses). These grants are designed to match the Government’s allocation of LRSG(O) grant funding for the Derbyshire Dales.

We have now paid out almost £4.76-million to 2,935 businesses since November.

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