I hereby give notice that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will draw an advance from the contingencies fund totalling £5,023,479,000 to enable expenditure on Covid-19 support packages for business to be spent ahead of the passage of the Supply and Appropriation Act in March 2021. The funding will go towards the following schemes:
- Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) (closed) – grants of up to £3,000 per four weeks for closed businesses;
- The Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment - one-off grants worth up to £9,000 per business property
- a £500m top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme in England.
Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed) scheme
Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment
Additional Restrictions Grant scheme
Parliamentary approval for additional resources of £5,023,479,000 will be sought in a Supplementary Estimate for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Pending that approval, urgent expenditure estimated at £5,023,479,000 will be met by repayable cash advances from the Contingencies Fund.
The cash advance will be repaid upon receiving Royal Assent on the Supply and Appropriation Bill.
This statement has also been made in the House of Lords