Business support grant recovery
Since March 2020, we have paid business support grants to businesses across the city who were registered for business rates, whose business had a rateable value and had been forced to close or had been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These business support grant schemes include:
- small business grant
- retail, hospitality and leisure grant
- local restrictions support grant
- closed business lockdown payment
- christmas support payment for wet-led pubs
- restart grant.
Government guidance regarding the schemes is available on the GOV.UK website.
I've received a COVID-19 business support grant payment in error
If you have received a COVID-19 business support grant payment from Derby City Council since March 2020 and you believe you may not be entitled to it, email email@example.com to arrange repayment.
I've received an invoice to repay a COVID-19 business support grant
If you have received an invoice from Derby City Council to repay a COVID-19 grant, follow the repayment instructions shown on the invoice. A letter will also be included with the invoice that will provide further advice and guidance.
If you would like to discuss repayment or set up a payment plan, email Finance2@derby.gov.uk.
If you would like to discuss why the invoice has been sent to you, email Inspectionservice@derby.gov.uk.
What will happen if I don’t repay a COVID-19 business support grant?
If we write to you and ask you to repay a COVID-19 grant, you must follow the timescale on the invoice.
If you fail to repay, we will refer your debt to the Government department who administer the grant scheme, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). BEIS will then determine the most appropriate course of action to ensure that the debt is repaid. This is in accordance with the guidelines set out by BEIS to local authorities.