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10 Sep 2020

Local lockdowns: Retailers forced to close could receive payment

Retail businesses in England that are required to shut because of local lockdowns will now be able to claim up to £1,500 per property every three weeks.

The Government announced the scheme yesterday (Tuesday, September 9) to provide a  safety net to further protect jobs where a business is required to close.

To be eligible for the grant, a business must have been required to close due to local Covid 19 restrictions. The largest businesses will receive £1,500 every three weeks they are required to close. Smaller businesses will receive £1,000.

Payments are triggered by a national decision to close businesses in a high incidence area. Each payment will be made for a three-week lockdown period. Each new three-week lockdown period triggers an additional payment.

Currently these payments are available in Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle, and Oldham as part of an ongoing trial scheme.

Read the Government's full statement here