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Online process to claim business grant support

Following last week’s announcement on Government support for business during the COVID-19 outbreak, Wirral Council has now made the online grant claim process live on its website.

The funding for these one-off grants is expected to arrive from Government after 1st April, 2020. It has been ring-fenced specifically for those businesses which have a business rates account, in line with strict Government guidelines.

The Council will be dealing with a large number of grant claims but will make every effort to process payments as quickly as possible, once the funding from Government has been received.

To confirm:

  • Small businesses in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief/Rural Rate Relief may be eligible to claim a one-off £10,000 grant
  • Business in retail, hospitality and leisure, with a rateable value of up to £15,000 may be eligible to claim a one-off grant of up to £10,000
  • Business in retail, hospitality and leisure, with a rateable value of between £15,000 and £51,000 may be eligible to claim a one-off grant of up to £25,000

In order to access the grants, businesses have to complete and submit this online form

They will have to verify their business is genuine so it will help speed-up this process if, before they begin, they have some form of documentation to hand to support their claim:

  • Businesses registered with Companies House should have their Business Rates Reference Number, Companies House registration number and a bank statement, with the business name, account number and sort code, showing activity on 11th March, 2020. Another document, such as an invoice, utility bill, banking transaction etc., is needed to evidence that your business was active on 11th March 2020.
  • Sole traders should have their Business Rates Number and a bank statement, with their account name, account number and sort code, showing activity on 11th March, 2020. Another document, such as an invoice, utility bill, banking transaction etc., is needed to evidence that your business was active on 11th March 2020.

Verification of the business will be needed before payment can be made. The Council has a full audit and security process in place to ensure these grants are dispersed to those businesses which are eligible and the Council will undertake a determined and proactive approach to retrieve any grants that have been claimed fraudulently or paid in error.

Once businesses have completed and submitted the forms, the Council will work to verify the claims in an effort to begin making payments from Monday, 6th April onwards.