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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.

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.