To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, for what reason (a) day nurseries and (b) children's indoor play centres were not identified as priority business types in the Discretionary Grant programme.
The Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund was primarily and predominantly aimed at:
A number of priority groups were identified, including small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces, following consultation with local authorities.
Recognising that economic need varies across the country, local authorities have had the discretion to exercise their local knowledge and have been responsible for defining the precise eligibility for this Fund. Mandatory criteria requires that a business was trading as of 11 March, however local authorities have been allowed to determine which cases to support within those criteria.