Applications for firebreak lockdown financial assistance open at 3pm *today*.
A summary of the support available:
Retail, leisure and hospitality businesses who have been forced to close during the firebreak lockdown period occupying a property with a rateable value between £12,001 and £51,000, will be eligible for a £5,000 payment;
Businesses in receipt of small business rate relief will be eligible for a £1,000 payment;
Charities and registered community amateur sports clubs which operate in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector and occupy a property with a rateable value up to £12,000 will be eligible for a £1,000 payment;
A discretionary £2,000 top-up grant will be made available on an application basis for those businesses eligible for small business rate relief or not-for-profit organisations occupying properties with a rateable value of up to £12,000 who are forced to close by the firebreak lockdown; and a further discretionary £1,000 grant will be made available to businesses eligible for small business rates relief where they are materially affected by local lockdown measures for 21 days or more prior to the start of the firebreak lockdown period.
In addition, limited funding will be made available for businesses required to close, or who face a significant reduction in turnover, during the firebreak of between £1,500 and £2,000.