In mid-March, the Flemish government decided that all businesses that were obliged to close as a result of the corona crisis can apply for a nuisance and closure premium. This consists of a fixed amount of 4,000 euros plus 160 euros per mandatory closing day.
132,345 applications were submitted for the grant. Of these, 106,313 were paid out for a total of 1.158 billion euros. This amount can be broken down into 442 million euros basic premium (4,000 euros) and 716.4 million euros per day allowances (160 euros per day).
In the meantime, 5,044 premiums have been recovered, of which 3,153 have already been repaid for an amount of 19.4 million euros. According to the cabinet of Minister of Economy and Employment Hilde Crevits (CD&V), these unjustified applications are mainly the result of the confusion in the beginning about the purpose of the grant. It is only intended for businesses that have to close and not for businesses that do so voluntarily because they see their business dry up.
In addition to this nuisance premium, a compensation premium was also introduced in the spring for businesses and self-employed people who do not have to close down from the government, but see their turnover decline sharply. It must be a loss of more than 60 percent compared to a year earlier. It concerned a one-off premium of 3,000 euros.
83,926 applications were submitted for this aid. Of these, 78,523 were paid out for an amount of 236 million euros. Here, too, a retrospective check showed that not all entrepreneurs who obtained aid met the criteria. In the meantime, 405 premiums have already been repaid for an amount of 1.1 million euros.
This temporary support measure was slightly changed in June: the support premium. Again, the companies must be able to prove a loss of turnover of 60 percent, but in this case the one-off premium is only 2,000 euros.
For the support premium, 35,830 applications were submitted and 34,450 paid out for an amount of 71 million euros. To date, five premiums have been repaid for 10,000 euros.
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