Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any exclusions to the schemes?

The following exclusions apply:

  • Business properties which are empty are excluded from this scheme.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the restrictions, as defined by Government, are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses which 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 are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for this grant.

In cases where it was factually clear to us that on the local lockdown date that the non-domestic rating list was inaccurate on that date, we may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on our view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Ribble Valley Council. 

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of localised restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, are to be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the local lockdown date.

When will my grant be paid?

We aim to make payment to eligible businesses as soon as possible after processing your application form.

We apologise if your grant request is taking longer to consider. This may be because we need to carry out further checks before a payment can be made. Please remain patient, a member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you.

Will you contact me when you send me a grant payment?

Yes. If you are an eligible business, once your payment has been processed we will send you an email notification. This will explain the period your grant relates to and also remind you of the need to inform us immediately if you are no longer eligible for the grant.

How will the grant be paid to me?

Payments are being made by BACS payment. These can take between 3-5 days to reach bank accounts from the date of processing.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Can I check the progress of my request?

We ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your request or payment. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

My business hasn't been forced to close, but is still adversely affected. Are other grants available?

As a result of the additional Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, funding has been allocated to Ribble Valley Borough Council to support local economies and businesses that have been adversely impacted. These are primarily businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation Sectors or businesses which mainly supply to these sectors or the Events sector which have been severely impacted.

This grant scheme is known as the Additional Restrcitions Grant scheme (ARG).

Please read the full details regarding this grant scheme above before applying.

Please note the ARG scheme is not intended to act as a wage support measure for individuals/self employed.

Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?

No. There is no appeal procedure. The Council's decision is final.