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Lockdown grants for business - latest info

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Local businesses hit by the third phase of national lockdown are being reminded they may be in line for additional government support.

The move follows the sweeping restrictions that came into force on Monday, January 4 as part of the ongoing fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

The government announced a further £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Grants are available to businesses required to close under the Local Restrictions Closed Scheme as well as a one off top up lockdown payment.

Any adjustment payment required for businesses when Middlesbrough was under Tier 4 restrictions will also be calculated at this time.

Middlesbrough Council staff are working extremely hard to process these as quickly as possible.

Businesses that claimed a closed grant in November will receive an email as part of a quick verification process, while claim forms are available for those that haven't already received a closed grant. 

Eligible businesses are those required to close by Government in the non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality sectors.

To support businesses even further the Council's Additional Restrictions Grant has been extended to include a wider range of sectors.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: "It's vital that we do everything we can to support businesses and protect jobs and livelihoods through this incredibly difficult time.

"The Government's extension of the grant support scheme is really important, and we will do everything we can to ensure the money gets to those who need it as soon as possible.

"I'd also urge people to check our website for the latest information and guidance rather than making contact direct - the handy flow chart will answer most questions, and that will help to take pressure off our staff who are working flat out."

The closing date is March 31, 2021. Find out if your business is eligible on GOV.UK. For further information visit the business support page.