Daily business support update

We have now paid 10,452 business grants since November, totalling £36.2-million. Of these, Restart Grants comprise £13.15-million (1,715 grants).  Read the feedback from some of our businesses.

From 1 June Restart Grants remained open for applications but all other schemes have been closed by the Government. Any eligible Derbyshire Dales business that has not yet completed their application for an LRSG Restart Grant needs to contact us by Friday 25 June by emailing BusinessGrants@derbyshiredales.gov.uk

Please note:
  • Friday 21 May was the latest date by which we needed to receive final applications for the LRSG February/March payment, to enable payment to be made by the Government’s cut-off of 31 May.
  • A new ARG Recovery Grant launched at the start of May – those ARG recipients eligible to apply for the new Recovery Grants were emailed direct by the District Council. If you did not receive an invitation to apply, please don’t contact the Council as your business is unfortunately ineligible to apply for the ARG Recovery Grant.
  • For these and other remaining business grants, we urged all businesses to apply and provide all the evidence requested by 14 May to ensure we could process and pay your grant before the closing dates.
  • The Government has now closed down applications for all Local Restrictions Support Grants (except for February/March payments).
  • There are two types of Restart Grant:

    Non-essential retail
    • RV up to £15k : £2,667
    • RV £15k - £51k : £4,000
    • RV £51k plus : £6,000

    Hospitality, accommodation, leisure, gyms, personal care

    • RV up to £15k : £8,000
    • RV £15k - £51k : £12,000
    • RV £51k plus : £18,000

    14 June update:

    1. Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 5th November - 1st December
    This was a mandatory grant one-off for businesses with a rateable value required to close during the national lockdown period that ran from 5 November to 1 December. We have paid 1,814 LRSG lockdown grants to applicants, totalling £2,645,358.

  • 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 - the closing date to apply for ARG grants is 31 May.
    Applications launched on 17 December and we paid out 916 grants to a value of £2,003,237. 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 91 grants.

    4. Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed): 2-30 December
    This grant was for businesses required to close throughout the Tier 3 restriction period 2-30 December. 1,163 businesses have received £1,695,323.

    5. LRSG (Open) grant Tier 2 and 3 (leisure): 31 October-4 November & 2-30 December
    This one-off £1700 grant was 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.
    1,075 businesses have received a total of £355,750 to date.
NOTE re grant 5: Eligible businesses could 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 1,770 payments have been made in the sum of £12,078,648. We paid 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.)

We have paid 114 businesses a total of £113,466.

10. Lockdown Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed Addendum) 16th February - 31 March
We have paid £4,115,701 into 1,794 accounts.

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

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Feedback from applicants

Dave Allison, Carsington Sports & Leisure Ltd: "On behalf of Carsington Sports and Leisure Ltd, I want to say well done to the team who over the last 6 months have managed the LRSG and Restart Grant Schemes. As a leisure business we operate the Water-sports Centre at Carsingtonwater, offering a wide range of water-sports, cycle hire and fishing, for the general public. The last year has been extremely difficult for us, for the first time since we opened in 1992, there was a very real danger that we would go out of business.

"We survived by taking out a BBBLoan, and the grant aid we received via yourselves. In January of this year, we switched our bank account. Dealing with the banks over the period was a nightmare, hard to contact them, not replying to emails, poor call centres etc. Initiating the furlough scheme, to help retain our staff, wasn’t much easier and getting any useful advice from HMRC over VAT was just as bad.

"DDDC and your team were the one body that were easy to deal with. When we had queries, we got quick responses, phones were answered without long delays or complications. The switching of bank accounts complicated things a little, but your staff talked me through the process whenever I needed advice. The grants were paid promptly. Unlike the other organisations we had to deal with, it felt like they were there to actually help our business to survive and protect jobs. Well Done!"

Rodger Wylde, holiday cottage operator, Curbar:
"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."

Shaun White, Director, Eat Drink Sleep Bg Ltd: "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."

Derbyshire Dales business owner: "Thank you so much for opening up the grant funding to businesses like mine. I can’t explain what this means to me, other than that I was on the verge of having to close the business (after 15 years of trading) and look for other work, as most of my work is with hotels. I have enquiries for later in the year which, combined with this grant, mean that I can keep trading, despite hotels not opening until May at the earliest."

Victoria, Derbyshire Dales business owner: "We have just received our Restart Grant and I wanted to say thank you. Derbyshire Dales have been brilliant throughout this and payments have been so swift which have helped us enormously."

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 10,452 business grants since November, totalling £36.2-million. Of these, Restart Grants comprise £13.15-million (1,715 grants).  Read the feedback from some of our businesses.

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