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COVID19 Discretionary Business Grant

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I have just submitted our claim for a Covid 19 discretionary business grant.

There is a limited time to get these in (ie by June 20th).

Our local authority required copies of leases, bank statements, electricity bills, cash flow and P&L for this quarter and comparatives.

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By lesley.barnes
10th Jun 2020 13:48

One of my clients is currently going through this process. The information he has been asked to supply is laughable and at short notice he was only told yesterday that he didn't qualify for the business rates grant. He was told that the councils closing date for applications was today. There has been weeks of debate and a visit by a council official it was decided that his reference number from the VOA was identical to the unit next door. The unit next door had already claimed and been paid out. After more digging it transpired that the landlord had split the unit into two with a solid wall and a separate unit number long before my client moved in. He has had to supply all of the above along with proof that he hasn't been trading - he was one of the businesses that was non essential retail. How the heck to you prove that you haven't been trading other than the empty bank account. He also has to prove that he intends to trade in the future.

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By bernard michael
11th Jun 2020 09:28

Did you also apply for the Rates Grant ??

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By tom123
11th Jun 2020 12:06

RV too high for the lower value one, and not in the right sectors for the higher value one.

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By bernard michael
11th Jun 2020 12:13

Then what is the basis on which the claim is being made ??

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By BirdnCo
11th Jun 2020 11:15

One of our clients has only been asked for a supplier invoice to prove they are in business, nothing else (so far).

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By pauljohnston
11th Jun 2020 11:36

As I understand it the Landlord is responsible for advising the local authority of occupation of a business unit. In out authority they have send details to the VOA who did nothing.

The first point is to contact the Landlord. If he advised the council but they did nothing the council are on a hiding to nothing.

We too had clients in ajoining offices but once the facts came to light the council still took ages

It appears that once the £12k rateable exemption came into effect many councils did nothing since there was no money in it for them.

The fall out after COVID may well be substantial. But good luck with the claim and even if the final date is passed and you can prove some of the above I would recommend keep pushing. May help if you put ccc Chancellor of Exchequer on correspondance

Why is there no spell check on posts

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By fawltybasil2575
11th Jun 2020 11:57

There has been a very recent change, by the government, in relation to the “height of the bar” in (crucially) determining the LEVEL of the adverse effects of Coronavirus (this being an inherent part of one’s potential entitlement).

The GOV.UK guidance on 29 May 2020 used the words:-

“ . . . has been adversely impacted by the coronavirus”.

The updated GOV.UK guidance on 8 June 2020, however, replaces those words with:-

“ . . . . has suffered a SIGNIFICANT FALL IN INCOME (my emphasis) due to coronavirus”.

The very recent nature of this seismic change in wording may explain the variations in interpretation by different local authorities.

Basil.

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By bernard michael
11th Jun 2020 12:06

The local authority base the claim validity on whether there is a rate account in the name of the business. If not the claim is made by the ratepayer. If the client hasn't received a rates bill that's why you have the problem

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By lesley.barnes
11th Jun 2020 16:34

The client notified the council when he moved in and was told he qualified for small business rates relief. He never heard anything after that. I can only think that the council were looking at the unit as a whole rather than the two halves. He has since found out from the landlord that the neighbour is number 8 which was the original whole unit number and my client has number 10 which is the "new" number. The information that has been posted here has been really useful - thank you all. I'm going to speak to the client and see if he has any correspondance from the council going back to when he first told them he had moved into the unit about 6 years ago. That would be useful to back his argument that the council were aware he had moved in.

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By bernard michael
12th Jun 2020 08:57

You state the client moved in 6 years ago. Surely he must have wondered why he didn't receive rates bill even though it is fully rebated by the SBRR

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By lesley.barnes
12th Jun 2020 09:23

No he didn't give it a thought. Prior to moving into this unit he had alway paid business rates so after being told that they were rebated in this unit he wasn't aware that he should receive a rebated bill annually.
The client has done more digging and it transpires that the landlord had told the council when he split the unit and also when the client moved in. A bun fight has broken out now between the council and the valuation office as to who was responsible for messing up. The client has also involved the local MP as well. He is hopeful that he will get his grant eventually.

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By Navneet
12th Jun 2020 11:59

Hi, We have applied, and been successful in receiving two grant payments.
The application process was very straight forward, no documents such as the ones you have stipulated. We had to supply our Company details, bank account details, our business activity details and confirm we were open to the public. I understand that individual councils operate and have there own methodologies. The money was paid over to us within a week of the applications, best of luck.

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By Navneet
12th Jun 2020 11:59

Hi, We have applied, and been successful in receiving two grant payments.
The application process was very straight forward, no documents such as the ones you have stipulated. We had to supply our Company details, bank account details, our business activity details and confirm we were open to the public. I understand that individual councils operate and have there own methodologies. The money was paid over to us within a week of the applications, best of luck.

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