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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) | Local Restrictions Support Grants (LRSG) and Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) | Birmingham City Council

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Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

Businesses which do not qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open), Local Restrictions Support Grants (Closed) or Local Restrictions Grant (Sector) could be eligible for discretionary financial support through the Additional Restrictions Grant.

This includes the following:

  • Supply chain businesses severely impacted because they wholly or exclusively supply businesses in the hospitality, accommodation, events or leisure sectors
  • Sector business that are operating in shared premises or where the landlord is liable to pay Business Rates
  • Bed and Breakfast businesses which are classed as domestic and subject to Council Tax will also be eligible for support
  • Businesses which have been severely impacted due to government restrictions

ARG Ineligibility:

Businesses that will not be eligible for consideration of an Additional Restrictions Grant are listed below:

  • Businesses that continue to trade effectively such as accountants, solicitors which can operate remotely, or essential retail which has remained open
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the localised restrictions, as defined by government
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but have not been required to close and should have traded effectively, such as essential retail
  • Businesses that have already received grant payments that are equal to the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework
  • Businesses that are in administration, are insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
  • When the landlord is the ratepayer of the business premises which qualifies for the Local Restrictions Support Grant RV based schemes and the business owner are the same.

Applicants will need to explain within their ARG application how their business has been “severely affected”.

For example, a business that usually supplies most of its products or services to the hospitality sector which has been in lockdown since March 2020, should be able to justify a loss of income and would be eligible for consideration, or a business which relies on delivering an in person service to generate the majority of its sales, but has been unable to deliver that service because of the restrictions, would also be eligible for consideration.

ARG Grant payments awarded:

The following grant payments will be made for, if a business is open, but severely impacted due to government restrictions:

  • Grants of up to £934 per 28 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £1,400 per 28 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £2,100 per 28 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.

For those businesses where the Council are unable to attribute a rateable value to their trading premises of a business, a grant at the lower rate of £934 will be awarded.

The following grant payments will be made for, if business is closed due to government restrictions:

  • Grants of up to £1,334 per 28 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £2,000 per 28 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.
  • Grants of up to £3,000 per 28 day period for businesses occupying hereditaments with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the date of the commencement of the local restrictions.

For those businesses where the Council are unable to attribute a rateable value to the trading premises of a business, a grant at the lower rate of £1,334 will be awarded

Discretionary grant payments will be made in line with payments made to similar businesses that automatically qualify for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open), Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) or Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

The ARG is only applicable for the following periods:

  • 14 October to 4 November 2020*
  • 5 November to 2 December 2020

* A pro rata amount will be awarded for the period from 14 October to 4 November 2020 (22 days).