December Disruption Scheme Statistics

Total applications and payments processed to date as of 29th April 2022.

December Disruption Scheme

Applications for this scheme have now closed

The December Disruption Scheme was created in direct response to the latest COVID-19 developments including the recommendations made by the Government which may impact upon local customer facing businesses.

The support available under this Scheme was a one-off payment of up to £6,000 per business.

This includes a grant payment offered to businesses in an eligible sector which have suffered an 18.6% downturn in a qualifying period (reduced from 25% owing to an inflationary adjustment). Additionally, businesses who declare they have experienced an increase in staff costs over the same period are only required to demonstrate a 15% reduction in turnover against the chosen period.

Applications for this Scheme opened on Monday 10th January 2022 and closed on Friday 25th February 2022 at 5:30pm. Any issues with submitted applications must be resolved by Friday 11th March 2022 at 5:30pm. Failure to resolve issues by this date will result in the application being closed and no payment will be made.


Support Available

The maximum grant available under this Scheme is £6,000. Applicants should be aware that if their turnover reduction for the comparative month (December 2019 or December 2020) is less than £6,000, eligible applicants will only receive the difference in the turnover between the two months being compared on the basis that any grant should not increase the total expected revenue.

For example, a business has turnover of £3,000 in December 2021 and is comparing against turnover of £5,500 in December 2019. In this scenario, the maximum grant payable will be £2,500.


Eligibility Criteria

In order to qualify for the Scheme and financial assistance all applicants must:

a) Have experienced an 18.6% or more reduction in turnover during December 2021 when compared to same period in 2019 or 2020 (further reduced to 15% for those businesses who declare increased staff costs over the same period). Important note – New startup businesses which do not have comparable trading figures may be eligible. New startup businesses are encouraged to contact the Department prior to applying to discuss their eligibility;

b) For a self-employed applicant only, confirm that the business is their primary source of income. Please refer to the below definition of primary source of income;

c) To the best of its knowledge, intend to continue trading through the current difficult conditions into at least the short to mid-term future and that if the business closes the grant may be repayable;

d) Not be in an excluded sector as outlined in the Guidance (1.3c);

e) Have been in operation continuously for a period that commenced no later than 1st September 2021;

f) Have annual profits or gains wholly or mainly from a relevant sector as set out in this Guidance;

g) Not have any overdue payments of more than 3 months which are more than £3,000 relating to Income Tax, National Insurance and VAT. Important note - However, those applicants who engage with the Treasury to resolve their debts may be eligible for support. Applicants who may be in this situation are encouraged to apply and full tax/ITP/NI checks will be undertaken to determine the current status and eligibility; and

h) Meet other Income Tax, NI and VAT compliance criteria.

Additional criteria specifically for self-employed applicants:

i) Be a self-employed earner as defined by the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992;

j) Have already notified the Treasury under regulation 87 of the Social Security (Contributions) Regulations 2001 of their liability to pay Class 2 National Insurance Contributions or notified the Assessor of Income Tax
of any income from self-employment;

k) Have been in operation, in the capacity specified in (i) continuously for a period that commenced no later than 1st September 2021; and

l) Derive his or her primary source of income, other than income which may be received via a pension entitlement, from an eligible sector (ineligible sectors are listed in the Scheme Guidance).

Important note – With regards to all applicants including self-employed applicants, if you have been previously declined a Coronavirus Business Support Scheme application due to not meeting the Treasury’s eligibility criteria, an application is encouraged to be submitted to enable the Treasury to re-assess the applicant’s eligibility.


Eligible Sectors

The intention of the Scheme is to primarily support businesses in the following sectors:  

  • Animal Care;
  • Catering;
  • Education and Training;
  • Entertainment;
  • Healthcare;
  • Hospitality;
  • Leisure;
  • Lifestyle sectors, including but not limited to beauty, hairdressers, gyms and personal trainers;
  • Retail (excluding any retailer that is liable to pay or will be liable to pay income tax at a 10% rate under the large retailers tax for the 2019/20 income tax year); and
  • Service Sector.


Potential applicants who are unsure of their eligibility are encouraged to contact the Department by completing the Business Support Enquiry Form.

Alternatively, the Department can be contacted by email at or by telephone on 687333.

Further information on the COVID-19 support available for businesses can be found by visiting:  


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