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Business Rate Relief schemes

The council will automatically apply the business rate relief schemes introduced by the government to support businesses through COVID-19.

Expanded Retail Discount for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The government have announced 100% business rate discount for all occupied retail, hospitality and leisure businesses for 2020/21 tax year.  This means that eligible businesses will not pay business rates during this time.

You can check if your business is eligible for the business rates holiday on the government’s website

Initially, the government agreed a Retail Discount scheme to assist retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 reducing the 2020/21 charge by 50%.  Subsequently, the discount scheme was extended to include hospitality and leisure businesses, remove the rateable value threshold and increase the discount to 100%.

If you are in receipt of the Retail Discount we have automatically awarded the relief to your business rates account at 100% and have reissued your 2020/21 annual bill. 

If you have not received a revised 20/21 annual but believe that your property now qualifies for the wider scheme then please contact the Business Rates Help Desk on 0300 303 8659 or complete the Revenues and Benefits contact form.

Support for nursery businesses that pay business rates

The government has announced a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the 2020/21 tax year. You are eligible for the business rates holiday if your business is based in England and is on Ofsted’s Early Years Register.  The building must be wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We have identified properties that are now eligible and will reissue your bill to exclude the business rate charge as soon as possible.

Business Rate Relief FAQ's

I am eligible for business rate relief.  Do I need to cancel my direct debit?

No. The council will not be requesting payments from your bank.  There is no need to cancel your direct debit.

Is business rate relief state aid?

The government’s assessment is that this business rate relief is not a state aid.  The relief will therefore be applied to all eligible properties.

I am not eligible for business rate relief and will struggle to pay my business rates, what should I do?

If you are not able to pay your business rates instalments because you have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus outbreak and do not qualify for one of the grants please confirm your position in writing by completing the Revenues and Benefits contact form.  We will consider each ratepayer’s circumstances and how they have been affected by coronavirus when discussing payment arrangements.