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Local restrictions support grant

(for businesses required to close due to local or national restrictions only).

Last updated:  01 March 2021

Update:  Businesses that have been mandated to close during the current national restrictions will receive an additional 44-day payment for the period 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021.  This payment will automatically be made to eligible businesses.  You do not need to reapply for this grant. 

Eligibility criteria

  • Your business was open and providing in-person services to customers prior to local / national restrictions being applied.
  • You are liable for Business Rates.  If you are not liable, then you will need to apply to the Liverpool City Region Local Business Support Grant instead.
  • Your business has been required to close for a consecutive period of no less than 14 days because of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984. This includes a business that usually provides an in-person service from its premises (e.g. café, restaurant, public house or non-essential retail) and can now only operate a takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery service instead.


    Rateable Value of Property
Period Days


or less


to £50,999


or more



£ £
Local restrictions 14


1,000 1,500
05/11/2020 - 01/12/2020  28 1,334 2,000


05/01/2021 - 15/02/2021 42 2,001 3,000 4,500
16/02/2021 - 31/03/2021 44 2,096 3,143 4,714
Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment N/A 4,000 6,000 9,000



  •  The business in not liable for Business Rates.
  • The period of the local restriction is less than 14 days.
  • The business can continue to trade and is not required to close despite the local restrictions, as it does not depend on providing direct in-person services from the business premises.
  • The business has only had a restriction placed on its opening times.
  • The business premises is located outside the local restrictions area, as defined by Government.
  • It has chosen to close but has not been required to.
  • It has already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of state aid or subsidy control limits under the de minimis limit and / or the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  • It is in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made.


Apply Online 

Please upload a bank statement, or equivalent, with your application to allow your business bank account details to be verified or use the separate form enclosed or email covidbusinessgrant@sthelens.gov.uk


Further information

From To Type of Restriction Further Information
16/02/2021 31/03/2021 National Eligible businesses will received a Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) payment equivalent to 44 days.  The deadline for new applications is 31/05/2021.
05/01/2021 15/02/2021 National Eligible businesses will initially receive a Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) payment equivalent to 42 days and a one-off Closed Business Lockdown Payment. The deadline for new applications is 31/03/2021.
31/12/2020 04/01/2021 Local Tier 3 A pro-rata payment of 5 days will be made to businesses that has been required to close due to the revised Tier 3 local restrictions (see Schedule 3, Part 2, SI 2020/1374). This applies to businesses that serve food and drink on the premises.  
02/12/2020  30/12/2020 Local Tier 2 A grant will be paid for each 14-day period a premises remains closed during the period of Tier 2 local restrictions (see Schedule 2, Part 2 SI 2020/1374).  This applies to businesses that sell alcohol for consumption on the premises without food.
05/11/2020  01/12/2020 National Eligible businesses (see SI 2020/1200) will be entitled to a Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) payment equivalent to 28 days
01/11/2020 Onwards Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) A business that have been required to remain closed since 23 March 2020, e.g. a night club, will be eligible for a Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector) from 1 November 2020.
14/10/2020 04/11/2020 Local Tier 3 Eligible businesses (see SI2020/1105) will be entitled to a Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) payment up to 22 days depending on when they were required to closed.

Other considerations

  • A Local Restrictions Support Grant payment is subject to tax and should be declared as income on the tax return of the business.
  • A business must be closed for the entirety of the 14-day payment cycle to be eligible. 
  • If a business occupies a property that contains multiple services, then a grant will only be payable if the main service is required to close. If the main service is not required to close, then it will not be eligible for this grant.
  • A business that's primarily purpose is a takeaway will not be eligible for support under this scheme.
  • A business that have been adversely affected by restrictions, but has not been required to close, should apply to the Liverpool City Region Local Business Support Grant.


State Aid / Subsidy Controls

The Local Restrictions Support Grant counts towards state aid and subsidy control limits. The United Kingdom remains bound by its international commitments, including subsidy obligations set out in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) with the European Union.  

To ensure continuity and consistency until any new subsidy provisions are implemented, the State aid Temporary Framework provisions will be applied to until further guidance on subsidy control related to these schemes is issued. These provisions include: the €200,000 de-minimis aid threshold, €800,000 under the Temporary Framework aid threshold and €3 million under Section 3.12 of the Temporary Framework threshold (a potential aggregate of €4 million).



Privacy Notice

The information provided on with your application will be processed in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018.   It will be treated as confidential and used in the assessment of the Local Restrictions Support Grant, other Covid-19 related business grants and the administration of National Non-Domestic Rates.  

 The Council has a duty to protect public funds and to prevent and investigate allegations of fraud and error. The Council participates in fraud initiatives, including the National Fraud Initiative. We will share information from the application form with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for statistical and grant assurance purposes.  We may disclose information to other bodies, including other billing authorities and government departments, where it is allowed by law or where you have given consent.


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