Criteria changed to allow firms eligible for self-employed support to access new local grants

Criteria changed to allow firms eligible for self-employed support to access new local grants
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Sat 23rd May 2020

The government has responded to pressure from campaigners and changed the criteria of a scheme providing grants to businesses with fixed property costs.

The move means that businesses in England eligible for the Self-employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) can now access the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund (LAGF). Under previous guidance, firms eligible for other coronavirus support schemes were not permitted to apply.

LADGF targets businesses in shared workspaces, market traders, bed and breakfasts and charity properties although councils are able to extend the grants to other similar companies.

Groups including the B&B Association criticised the original eligibility saying that many businesses prioritised for the new scheme but who have received only small amounts from SEISS or are eligible for it were excluded.

But today the government updated the guidance to say SEISS eligible businesses can now also access LADGF.

Total funding is £617m but with 343 councils in England, the amount of grants available is low compared to the amount of business likely to be eligible.

Some councils have already opened applications but with the previous guidance which said SEISS eligible businesses can't apply.

More follows.

If you'd like to tell us about your experiences with the Local Authority Discretionary Grant Scheme, email Dan.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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