COVID-19: support for businesses who pay business rates

The Chancellor has set out a package to support businesses who pay business rates through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19. The fund has now closed the final day being 30 September 2020.

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

In December 2021 the Government announced a new COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion. The fund will be available to support those businesses affected by the pandemic but that are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates.

The aim of this scheme is to provide Business Rates Relief for the financial year 2021/22 to those who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

Once the local requirements for receipt of relief have been established and endorsed by Members we will update this page further.

2022/23 Retail Hospitality and Leisure Relief

The Government has also announced that the Retail Hospitality & Leisure Relief scheme will continue into 2022/23. This will be broadly the same as the scheme in place since 1st July 2021 except the relief to award will be 50% rather than 66%.

Once the Discretionary Relief Policy has been updated we will update this page further.

2022/23 Transitional and Supporting Small Businesses Rate Relief 2022/23

As the Transitional  and Supporting Small Business Rate Relief schemes are regarded as discretionary reliefs for 2022/23 they will also be incorporated in the Discretionary Relief Policy. Once this has been updated we will also update this page.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will pay no business rates for the financial year 2020-21, regardless of their rateable value. We will send new business rates bills to all businesses affected in the next few weeks.

In addition, businesses in these sectors with a rateable value below £51,000 will be able to get a cash grant of up to £25,000. Details of how to apply/receive the cash grant will be published soon. Please check this page for updates.

Grant for businesses in receipt of small business rate relief or rural rate relief

Businesses in receipt of rural rate relief or small business rate relief in any sector will be able to get a cash grant of up to £10,000. Funding for this grant will be provided to us in early April. We will publish more information on this page as it becomes available.

Information about other help for businesses is available on the GOV.UK website.

Childcare providers

To support nurseries during this time, the Chancellor has decided that providers of childcare will pay no business rates for 2020 to 2021.

We will have more information about this soon and will send new business rates bills to those affected as soon as possible.