Omicron Additional Restrictions Grant

West Suffolk Council was allocated £310,000 by Government for the Omicron Additional Restriction Grant (ARG) scheme with the money to be paid out to local businesses by 31 March 2022.

The Omicron ARG grant was available to help some types of businesses, including those outside of the business rates system, who do not qualify for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant and who may have been severely impacted by restrictions, or by the Omicron variant.

Due to the limited level of funding available the Council decided to invite applications after which it would decide on grant amounts based on the number of applications, the evidence of the scale of impact on trade and other criteria such as the business type.

The Council ran an application process from 24 January 2022 to 18 February 2022.  In total 280 eligible West Suffolk businesses applied and provided evidence to support their application. Using the information from previous rounds of Additional Restrictions Grant funding about the scale of impacts felt by different sizes and types of businesses, the Council is now awarding grants to eligible applications as follows. 

Payments are being made from the week of Monday 21 March 2022 and all of the £310,000 has been allocated to businesses.

The table below shows how the money has been allocated to businesses.

Business type Omicron ARG amount Number of businesses Total of Omicron ARG

Rated premises:

 

Under £15,000

 

£15,001 - £50,999

 

£51,000 and over

 

 

£1502

 

£2250

 

£3375

 

 

94

 

24

 

8

 

 

£141,188

 

£54,000

 

£27,000

Businesses that occupy shared spaces £1502 20 £30,040
Businesses that occupy home-based premises £563 37 £20,831
Mobile businesses £394 87 £34,278

Small bed and breakfast businesses:

 

1-2 bed spaces

 

3-4 bed spaces

 

5-6 beds spaces

 

 

 

£115

 

£227

 

£339

 

 

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

 

 

£0

 

£227

 

£0

Community centres attached to places of worship £404 4 £1616
West Suffolk taxi drivers living outside the district £164 5 £820

In line with Government advice, all of the previous ARG money allocated to the Council by the Government in late 2020 and early 2021 has already been paid out to help businesses survive last winter and reopen in a COVID-secure manner, and to support business recovery.

All business grant schemes are now closed to applications.

The COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund is currently closed while we go through the applications received – we may reopen this once we see how much of the £4.05million allocated from Government is left. West Suffolk businesses who are registered for business rates and who have been impacted by the pandemic and not qualified for other COVID Rate Relief, should keep an eye on the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund webpage and the Council’s social media channels for further updates.