Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment (CBLP)
Who is eligible to apply for the payment, how much you can claim and details of the funding criteria for businesses that have been required to close due to national lockdown restrictions.
When does this scheme take effect?
The scheme takes effect from 5 January 2021.
How much will businesses receive?
a. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £15,000 or under on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions will receive a one-off payment of £4,000.
b. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value over £15,000 and less than £51,000 on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions will receive a one-off payment of £6,000.
c. Businesses occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list with a rateable value of exactly £51,000 or above on the commencement date of the widespread national restrictions will receive a one-off payment of £9,000.
Which businesses are eligible for the CBLP?
All businesses required to close as part of measures introduced for national lockdown with effect from the 5 January 2021 are eligible for this scheme. The council will use your application for the National Lockdown grant (LRSG - Closed Addendum) to assess eligibility there is no need to make a separate application.
When do businesses need to have been trading by in order to be eligible for funding under the CBLP scheme?
As with the LRSG (Closed) Addendum 5 January onwards, businesses must have been trading on 4 January 2021 to be eligible for the CBLP scheme.
Which sectors is the CBLP aimed at supporting?
All businesses required to close by law are eligible.
Who will receive the grant funding?
Grants are payable to the person who, according to the billing authority's records, was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 5 January 2021.
Are there any exclusions to businesses receiving this funding?
Only businesses required to close as part of measures introduced with the national lockdown commencing 5 January are eligible to receive this funding.
Therefore, the following businesses are excluded:
- businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services effectively remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors) are excluded. Businesses in areas outside the scope of the national restrictions, as defined by Government, are also excluded
- businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant
- businesses that are in administration, are insolvent, are struck off or are subject to a striking-off notice are not eligible for funding under this
- businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State Aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework (GOV.UK)
► National lockdown scheme - press announcement by HM Government.
► National lockdown: what you need to know on GOV.UK