Daily business support update

We have now paid almost £16.375-million into 6,223 business accounts since November.

According to our records several businesses that may be eligible for a Covid-19 support grant have yet to apply.

Most business are entitled to a number of grants covering the period from November 2020 – March 2021 and some could be missing out on grants to the value of £250 or, in some cases, as much as £25,000.

These are grants from the Government that Derbyshire Dales District Council is paying out. And the good news is they don't have to be repaid (they are not loans).

You have to apply before the application deadline, or you will miss out altogether.


* Grants for the period 31 Dec – 15 Feb close to new applications on 31 March 2021
* Grants for the current period 16 Feb – 31 March close to new applications on 31 May 2021

If you have not already done so please go to this webpage to register for your COVID business grant.

Here's the 5 March update:

1. Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 5th November - 1st December
We launched this grant on 26 November. We have paid out 1,629 grants totalling £2,373,422.
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

2. Additional Restrictions Grant: 5th November onwards
Applications launched on 17 December; processing is underway and so far we have paid out 437 grants to a value of £453,234.

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
The Government closed this grant on 28 February.  We have paid 89 grants.

4. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed): 2-30 December
This grant is for businesses required to close throughout the Tier 3 restriction period 2-30 December. The grant is be either £1,334, or £2,000, or £3,000 - depending on the Rateable Value of the business premises. 997 businesses have received £1,456,893 (5 March).

5. LRSG (Open) grant Tier 2 and 3 (leisure): 31 October-4 November & 2-30 December
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
This one off £250 grant for eligible hospitality and accommodation businesses open but severely impacted during Tier 2 restrictions 31 October to 4 November.
855 businesses have received a total of £264,500 to date.

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 1,507 payments had been made in the sum of £10,264,362 on 5 March. 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

9. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open December)
This discretionary grant was introduced by the District Council on 8 February to help those businesses outside the leisure sector that were allowed to open during December, but were severely impacted by Tier 3 restrictions. The grant is for ‘non-essential retail’ businesses (including clothes shops, some market stalls), and for ‘personal care’ businesses (including hairdressers, tattooists, nail salons and beauticians.)

On 5 March we had paid 70 businesses a total of £69,108.

To be eligible, businesses will be in these sectors and in premises liable for business rates. A requirement will be to demonstrate 30% reduction in income, in order to show that the business has been significantly impacted.

We estimate there are up to 500 potentially eligible businesses in the Derbyshire Dales. Grants will be paid according to Rateable Value band at the national LRSG (Open) rates i.e. £934 (for RV below £15,000), £1400 (for RV £15,000-51,000) or £2100 (for RV over £51,000).

This one-off grant will be additional to the payments these businesses have received for November and January/February. Non-essential retail and personal care businesses missed out on December grants due to not being required by the Government to close their doors. However the District Council knows that due to Tier 3 restrictions, some businesses in these sectors were severely impacted during December, with very little trade taking place.

So all recipients of LRSG grants in the non-essential retail and personal care sectors will have received an email from the District Council inviting them to apply for the LRSG (Open December) grant. They should follow the link in that email to a simple form they will need to complete to verify their eligibility for this additional payment.

10. Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 16th February - 31 March
The Government has announced that it will fund one further business grant payment (Lockdown Local Restrictions Grant (Closed Addendum) covering the period 16 February to 31 March). We've received £4,734,944 from Government to distribute to an estimated 2,529 applicants. Businesses were emailed on 25th February asking them to complete a simple declaration and confirm that their bank details haven't changed. The amount a business receives for this 44-day period depends on their rateable value, and will be either £2,096, £3,143 or £4,714.

There may be a few businesses allowed to re-open on 29 March. The Government has clarified that despite this, if eligible now these businesses do not need to repay part of the grant, even though it runs until 31 March. On 5 March we had paid £1,404,262 into 639 accounts.

For any queries on the Local Restrictions Support Grant, businesses should email BusinessGrants@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

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.
Business grants what and when March 2021Click on the graphic above to view the larger PDF.

Letters from Derbyshire Dales District Council landed at around 1,000 local businesses on 1 February urging them to apply for support grants available during COVID-19 restrictions.

On thagt date we had received only 1,500 applications from potentially 2,500 eligible businesses. That's why the letter was issued, alerting businesses to apply for Local Restrictions Support Grants before the deadline.


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 more than £16-million into 6,055 business accounts since November.

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