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Business rates and rate relief

Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The Government recently 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.

The Council has developed a policy which focuses on providing relief to business who are registered for Business Rates and are:

  • in occupation of the business property (unless you have been forced to close due to the Government’s advice on Covid-19)
  • not in receipt of Extended Retail Discount or Nursery Discount
  • not already In receipt of full rates relief (such as Small Business Rates Relief)

Commercial hereditaments that are NOT eligible under the scheme include:

  • Telephone masts, car parks and advertising rights
  • Financial services such as: banks, building societies, cashpoints, bureaux de change, short-term loan providers
  • Medical services such as: vets, dentists, doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors;
  • Professional services such as: solicitors, accountants, insurance agents, financial advisors
  • Post office sorting offices

The Council has identified those businesses it considers may be eligible for this relief and applied a 15% discount automatically to Business Rates accounts.  Revised bills will be issued along with a letter for businesses to confirm if they exceed subsidy allowances, do not believe they are eligible for the relief or want to refuse the reduction.

If you have not received a notification from the Council that we have granted you this discount, and you believe you are eligible, you can apply for the relief by completing the application below and returning it to us at by 5pm on 31July 2022.