January lockdown grants for eligible East Devon businesses

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Grants schemes to support businesses through the current national lockdown

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In line with the January national restrictions, East Devon businesses that were legally forced to close and that provide direct in-person services from their premises, can now apply for new grant schemes.

We are now administering a Closed Business Lockdown Payment (CBLP) and a new Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) (Closed) Addendum: 5th January. Grant payments are dependent on the current rateable value of premises and range from £6000 to £13,500.

Businesses do not need to contact us, just visit eastdevon.gov.uk/business-grants and complete the online form. All businesses that applied for a grant for the November restrictions have been sent an email with an access code and instructions on accessing these grants.

Please visit the website to check your eligibility: eastdevon.gov.uk/business-grants

If you have not claimed a grant for the November restrictions and your business was legally required to close, you can still apply for this period.  In addition, if your business was impacted by Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions and you have not claimed any grants, you can still claim for this period through the LRSG (closed) or LRSG (open) schemes, depending whether your business was closed or open.

Both the November and December schemes are open until the 31st March 2021 but businesses should apply as soon as possible. For more information, visit eastdevon.gov.uk/business-grants

The Government's list of closing certain businesses and venues in England for this period includes businesses providing non-essential retail; personal care facilities; hospitality venues and leisure/entertainment.

Please note, as of 4th January, businesses in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Every claim will be subject to anti-fraud assessment and account verification. Attempts to fraudulently claim public grant funding will result in funds being recovered and legal action being taken in every instance.

Changes to the Kickstart Scheme

There have been some important changes to the Government's Kickstart Scheme. Kickstart provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16-24 year olds on universal credit. From 3 February, employers can apply directly to the Kickstart scheme for any number of job placements and the threshold for 30 job placements has been removed. You can also choose to apply through a Kickstart gateway, including those supporting sole traders. Read the full press release online and see the Kickstart page for specific information for employers.