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Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Contingencies Fund Advance

Volume 687: debated on Wednesday 13 January 2021

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 £500 million top up to the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) scheme in England.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (close) scheme

Closed Businesses Lockdown Payment

Additional Restrictions Grant scheme

Total £m






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.