LOCAL RESTRICTIONS SUPPORT GRANTS

 

Many businesses in the non-essential retail, leisure and hospitality sectors have had to close because of national restrictions coming into place on Thursday 5th of November.  If you are unsure as to whether your business is affected, please click on the attached link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november where there is a full list of affected businesses.

In recognition of the hardship caused by this lockdown the Government is providing support to businesses that must close.  Full details and an eligibility/application form will be put on the Council’s web site https://www.burnley.gov.uk/business in the coming days.

The Council has already contacted businesses with a rateable value that had to close on the 17th and 19th October because of Lancashire being placed on Very High Alert (Tier 3).  We would ask that all businesses owners complete and return this as soon as possible, so that the grant for the period 17th & 19th October to 4th November can be paid.  If you have not received an email/letter from Burnley Council but think you may be eligible, please email the Council’s Local Taxation team at local taxation@burnley.gov.uk and request a form.

Because Burnley was placed in a Tier 2 high alert on the 5th August, businesses with a rateable value in the hospitality, bed & breakfast, and leisure businesses will receive a lower level of grant backdated in acknowledgement of the impact that the additional social restrictions placed on them . Businesses must have been open to qualify for this funding.  Again, full details and an eligibility/application form will be put on the Council’s web site https://www.burnley.gov.uk/business in the coming days.

Burnley Council is to receive £1.7 million of additional funding to be used as a discretionary scheme to support businesses that, while not legally forced to close, are severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid-19. Details of the scheme and the application process will be available soon on the Council’s website