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Coronavirus (COVID-19): updates and advice, including help if you are struggling financially

Coronavirus business support - what it means for your business rates bill

Applications for business support grants closed on 28 August 2020.

On March 11 2020, Government announced their tax and spending plans for 2020/21 with the addition of a series of temporary rate reliefs and support for businesses in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Additional measures were announced during March 2020.

The support measures that were announced:

  • businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs) received 100% rate relief for 2020/21 and had access to a cash grant of up to £25,000 per business
  • businesses who receive small business rates relief were eligible to apply for a £10,000 grant in 2020/21 on top of their existing relief

Follow the GOV.UK advice about COVID-19 support for businesses.

What these measures mean for your business rates bill

Frequently Asked Questions for businesses:

I've already received my annual business rates bill, what do I need to do?

The annual business rates bills were already generated before these announcements were made and so there will be revised bills issued in certain cases.

These new measures mean that some business rates bills already sent to businesses for the coming year will need to be corrected and reissued.

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My business already receives retail discount. Will I need to apply for the new 100% rate relief?

No, if your existing bill for the coming year shows 50% retail discount then you do not need to take any action. Your bill will automatically be updated to show the 100% rate relief and will be reissued as soon as we are able.

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I don’t receive small business rates relief, is this automatically applied if I am eligible?

If you have not previously received it, you must apply for small business rates relief. To be eligible you must have a rateable value of less than £15,000 and occupy one property (in some cases businesses can occupy more than one).

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I receive small business rates relief, how do I apply for the additional £10,000 grant?

Applications for business support grants are now closed.

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My business is not eligible for any of the new enhanced rate reliefs, will my business rates bill be reissued anyway?

No, your bill will remain the same and you must pay in the timeline already set out in your existing 2020/21 business rates bill.

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State aid information

It is likely that the reliefs will constitute state aid. If receipt of the reliefs would mean that your business has benefited by more than the permitted amount then you will need to advise the council so that relief can be removed.

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