Coronavirus - national lockdown measures in place

New measures came into place across England on 5 November to help protect people, businesses and the NHS and prevent the spread of Covid-19.

More information about the lockdown can be found on our Covid-19 advice pages

Coronavirus business rates grants and reliefs

Business grants

Scam Alert!

We have received reports that businesses are receiving phishing emails related to business support grants. The email claims to come from ‘HMRC Government Gateway’. Business owners who have followed the ‘Claim now’ link have been tricked into providing the fraudsters with all the information required to make a successful application in their name. Please ensure any phishing emails are reported to report@phishing.gov.uk.


Local Restrictions Support Grant

On 31 October the Government announced a series of measures to support businesses if they are required to close due to either national or local restrictions.

This includes the Local Restrictions Support Grant – under which businesses that meet the eligibility criteria will be paid according to the schedule below:

  • grants of £1,334 per month, or £667 per two weeks, for properties with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • grants of £2000 per month, or £1000 per two weeks, for properties with a rateable value of between £15,000-£50,000
  • grants of £3,000 per month, or £1,500 per two weeks, for properties with a rateable value of £51,000 or over.

To qualify for this grant, your business must be in the borough of Waverley and have been:

  • open as usual before the restrictions.
  • providing services in person to customers from the premises.
  • required to close due to restrictions imposed by government.
  • paying business rates for the premises before restrictions started.

Visit GOV.UK for the full list of businesses required to close from 5th November

The scheme will apply after the very high level of restrictions has been in force for two weeks.

From 1 November the scheme will be extended to include businesses which have been required to close on a national, rather than a local basis, or which have not been legally able to reopen since the first lockdown in March, including nightclubs, dance halls and hostess bars.

How to apply

If you meet the criteria for the Local Restrictions Support Grant you can apply online via the button below.  We will review your application and let you know if you are entitled to a payment.

Apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant


Additional Restrictrions Grant

Councils will also receive 5 per cent of the funding from the Local Restrictions Support Grant, as a discretionary fund. The Government are encouraging this to be used to support business that have been legally mandated to close by the Government, but which are outside of the Business Rates system.

We are working to identify which types of businesses will be prioritised for the grant and hope to have an application process in place within the next two weeks.

How to apply

Businesses will be able to apply via an online application from from this page.To be informed when the application process goes live, please subscribe to our business e-newsletter via our business support website.


Previous Grant schemes

Small business and retail, hospitality and leisure grants - applications closed

Over 1,800 local businesses claimed one of these grants.  Applications closed on 28 August 2020.

We will pay the final grants by 30 September 2020


Local Authority Discretionary Grant Fund - applications closed

Applications for the discretionary grant fund closed on 3 August 2020.


More information

Please signup to our business newsletter to get the latest information and advice.

Financial support for businesses during coronavirus (COVID-19) - gov.uk

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