Which grant do I apply for?

As a result of COVID19 and Tier restrictions, the Government has introduced a number of different grant schemes. It can therefore be confusing which grant to apply for. Please see the pdf quick reference guide which will assist you in order for you to apply for the correct grant:

 

Business Support Package for January lockdown (from 5 January 2021 onwards)

On Monday 4 January 2021 the Prime Minister announced that from 5 January 2021 England would enter into a period of national restrictions to manage the spread of COVID19.

As a consequence of this all non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses must close.

In order to provide financial assistance the Government has announced two grant packages will be available:

  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards
  • Close Business Lockdown payment

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Addendum: 5 January onwards will provide a payment based on the November 2020 scheme that rang from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 pro-rata up to 42 days for the period 5 January 2021 to 15 February 2021.

The closed Business Lockdown Payment will provide a one-off payment in addition to the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Please view the government guidelines .

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • Businesses are only eligible if subject to the lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government from 5 January 2021
  • The business must be liable for business rates as at 4 January 2021
  • The ratepayer must be named on the bill as at 4 January 2021
  • Businesses must have been trading on 4 January 2021 before national restrictions came into force on 5 January 2021 - where businesses were required to close due to restrictions preceding the national restrictions on 5 January 2021 it is accepted that those businesses are still trading
  • if a business is required to close its main, in-person service but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and eligible to receive grants under this scheme as its main business must close
  • Businesses that have a voluntary arrangement but are not insolvent, in liquidation or administration will be eligible if they are still open and trading
  • State Aid limits will apply

Exclusions

  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from their premises and can operate their services remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors)
  • Businesses outside the scope of the national restrictions (i.e. not required to close)
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but are not required to
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made

Please note - if you are not eligible for these grants you may still be eligible for the discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG).

Grant Payment levels

The value of these grants has been set by central Government:

Rateable Value

Amount

 

 

For properties with a rateable value £15K or under

 

(42 day period)

£2,001.00

+

£4,000.00

(one-off payment)

 

 

For properties with a rateable value over £15K and less than £51K

 

(42 day period)

£3,000.00

+

£6,000.00

(one-off payment)

 

 

For properties with a rateable value of £51K and over

 

(42 day period)

£4,500.00

+

£9,000.00

(one-off payment)

Proofs required for application form

  • 1 of - Evidence that the ratepayer is the bank account holder (bank statement)

We will contact you if any additional information is required

Timing and process for awarding grants

  • Chichester District Council will check applications for eligibility
  • Chichester District Council revenues team will carry our due diligence checks
  • The Council will advise successful applicants of the outcome by way of a remittance advice or by email if the application is not successful
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible (the aim being within 10 days from the application date

How to make an application

Although two separate schemes, only one application needs to be made to request both grants. All applications must be made online at www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply under the scheme "Business Support Package for Lockdown from 05/01/2021" under the appropriate rateable value (RV). No other form or application will be considered.

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "January 2021 Business Grants" in the subject of your email.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses closed 26 December 2020 onwards (Tier 4)

On 23 December the Government announced that West Sussex will enter Tier 4 on 26 December 2020. details are available government guidelines (Tier 4: Stay at Home)

additional information is available at eligibilty for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (for closed businesses)

Please view the government guidelines (Local Restrictions Support Grant A (Close) Addendum .

To help reduce the spread of COVID19 the Government has announced that some businesses must close on 26 December 2020. These include:

  • Non-essential retail
  • Hospitality venues
  • Accommodation
  • Leisure and sports facilities
  • Entertainment venues
  • Indoor attractions
  • Personal care facilities
  • Community centres and halls

Some business  will be able to remain open, following COVID19 secure guidelines. These include:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products, off-licences
  • Market stalls selling essential retail
  • Businesses providing repair services
  • Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers, money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (animal welfare rather than aesthetic purposes)
  • Agricultural supply shops
  • Mobility and disability support shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor gyms, pools, sports centres and facilities
  • Golf courses
  • Outdoor archery/driving/shooting ranges
  • Outdoor riding centres
  • Places of worship
  • Crematoriums

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • Businesses are only eligible if subject to Tier 4 restrictions imposed by the Government from 26 December 2020
  • An applicant can apply despite receiving other grants although this may be considered in any award decision
  • An applicant must be a business liable for occupied rates in the Chichester District Council area
  • An applicant must be a business trading successfully on or before 24 December 2020
  • Businesses in administration or which are insolvent are not eligible to apply, neither are businesses where a "striking off" notice has been made
  • Businesses must provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application, as set out in the online form
  • Any grant award is subject to due diligence checks, including State Aid compliance

 

Grant payment levels and criteria

The value of these grants has been set by central Government. Businesses that are liable for business rates on their premises are eligible for the following:

Rateable valueAmount

For properties with a rateable value £15K or under

£667 every 14 days

For properties with a rateable value over £15K and less than £51K

£1000 - every 14 days

For properties with a rateable value of £51K and over

£1,500 - every 14 days

Proofs required for application form

  • 1 of - Evidence that claimant is named holder of bank account (Bank Statement)

We will contact you if any additional information is required.

2 of - Evidence of company occupying the property as of 4th November (Electric Bill / Gas Bill / Landline Bill / Water Bill)

Timings and process for awarding grants

  • Chichester District Council will check applications for eligibility
  • Chichester District Council revenues team will carry out due diligence checks
  • The Council will advise successful applicants of the outcome by way of a remittance advice or by email if the application is not successful
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible (the aim being within 10 days from the application date)

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "December 2020 business grants" in the subject of your email.

How to make an application

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply under the scheme "Tier 4 Restrictions Support Grant for closed businesses 26/12/2020 to 04/01/2021" under the appropriate rateable value (RV). No other form of application will be considered.

 

Christmas support payment for wet led pubs

From 2 December 2020 the Government has announced that a one-off payment of £1,000 will be made available to wet led pubs subject to Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions.

In order to be eligible the pub must derive less than 50% of its income from food sales.

Please check to see if you are eligible for the Christmas support payment for wet led pubs .

What you must provide us

As part of the self-certification process Chichester District Council will require the pub to provide accounting evidence to show that less than 50% of income is from food sales. This will be in the form of accounts dated no later than 11 March 2020.

Pubs established after 11 March 2020 and before 1 December 2020 will be required to provide accounting evidence from during the period they were open.

For these purposes, the definition of a pub should exclude:

  • restaurants;
  • cafes;
  • nightclubs;
  • hotels;
  • snack bars;
  • guesthouses;
  • boarding houses;
  • sporting venues;
  • music venues;
  • festival sites;
  • theatres;
  • museums;
  • exhibition halls;
  • cinema;
  • concert halls; and
  • casinos.

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

The scheme will be subject to State Aid limits.

Businesses in administration or which are insolvent are ineligible to apply, neither are businesses where a "striking off" notice has been made.

Application deadline

The period of eligibility runs from 1 December 2020 to 29 December 2020 and all applications must be received by 31 January 2021.

All payments will be made by the council by 28 February 2021.

How to make an application

All applications must be made online at www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply under the scheme "Christmas Support Payments for wet led pubs". No other form of application will be considered.

For any enquires please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk; making sure to include "November 2020 Business Grants" in the subject of your email.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (open)

As a Consequence of the Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions the Government is providing additional funding to local authorities in order to provide discretionary financial support to businesses predominantly in the hospitality and leisure industries.

Who is eligible?

A list of businesses that will be prioritised is as follows:

Hospitality

  • restaurants
  • cafes
  • coffee shops
  • public houses
  • bars
  • social clubs
  • clubs and clubhouses
  • corporate event, wedding caterers and organisers

Hotels and Holiday Accommodation

  • Hotels
  • Bed and Breakfast
  • Guest houses
  • serviced apartments

Leisure

  • gymnasiums
  • sports grounds
  • sports facilities
  • health clubs
  • fitness clubs/centres
  • spas
  • casinos
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • public halls
  • arenas
  • bingo halls
  • amusement arcades
  • bowling alleys
  • snooker clubs
  • skate parks
  • entertainment venues
  • farm parks
  • adventure activities
  • riding schools
  • scout/guide huts
  • cadet huts
  • conference and exhibition centres
  • coach tour operators

This list may be reviewed ahead of any payment period, adding or removing business types depending on funding and trading conditions. Business types may be added retrospectively if funding allows.

Businesses must have been trading the day before restrictions came into force for each grant period.

State Aid limits will apply.

Exclusions

  • airbnb accommodation
  • retail shops (whether considered essential or not)
  • takeaways
  • home workers
  • nightclubs and adult entertainment venues closed by national restrictions
  • businesses that have vacated their premises prior to the grant payment being made
  • businesses in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice at the time of applying for or receiving a grant

Grant payment levels

Rateable Value

Grant of up to per 14 days

For properties with a rateable value £15K or under

£467

For properties with a rateable value over £15K and less than £51K

£700

For properties with a rateable value of £51K and over

£1,050

Any repeat payments made under this scheme will be subject to the business confirming their entitlement for each payment period.

Proofs required for application form

  • Proof of identity of sole trader or limited company
  • Evidence of fixed property costs incurred by the business (e.g. rent/mortgage payments). This does not include personal or household costs
  • Evidence demonstrating a substantial loss in income as a result of national restrictions (such as bank statements)

This will allow Chichester District Council to carry out pre-payment checks to confirm eligibility.

How to apply

All applications must be made online at www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply under the scheme "Tier 2 Local restrictions Support Grant (open)". No other form of application will be considered.

As a condition of funding, businesses will sign a declaration stating that by accepting the grant payment they are not committing fraud, are eligible under the grant scheme and that any payments accepted will be in compliance of State Aid requirements. Businesses are also giving Chichester District Council permission to share data to check such compliance and that these guidelines are complied with.

Should your application be unsuccessful you will be advised of the outcome by email. Although there is no formal right of appeal a review of the decision can be made on request.

Details on the full scheme are available to view:

Managing the risk of fraud

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to obtain a grant will face prosecution and any issued funding will be subject to repayment as may any grant paid in error.

Sharing information

By applying for a discretionary grant all applicants give authority to Chichester District Council to share data for efficient system administration (including across West Sussex) and to protect the public purse, subject to the Data Protection legislation. Chichester District Council will be required to share data with Government Departments for monitoring and other reasons. Chichester District Council is also required to provide open data and be transparent about the use of public funding in accordance with Data Protection guidelines, this grant recipient data may be subject to being published on council's websites.

 

 

Local restrictions support grant (closed)

For businesses closed 2 December 2020 to 25 December 2020

The Government has confirmed additional COVID19 emergency funding to local authorities subject to Tier 2 or 3 restrictions for a Local Restrictions Support Grants programme. The funding is aimed at supporting any business that has been subjected to lockdown closures and who has a rateable property.

On 2 December 2020 West Sussex ended lockdown and went into Tier 2. Whilst the vast majority of businesses are able to re-open some businesses are legally required to remain closed.

Please view the government guidelines (Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) Version 2 - applicable 2 December 2020 onwards .

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • The person, who according to Chichester District Council's records was the ratepayer on the first full day local restrictions came into place.
  • Businesses must have been trading before local restrictions came into force.
  • An applicant must be a business liable for occupied rates in the Chichester District Council area.
  • in Tier 2, a business running a public house, bar or other business involving the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises must cease to carry on that business - unless it is only served as part of a table meal as the main midday or main meal, or as a main course at either such meal.
  • Businesses that are able to conduct their main service because they do not depend on providing direct in-person services from premises and can operate their services remotely (e.g. accountants, solicitors) are excluded from the scheme.
  • Businesses must be closed for the entirety of the 14-day payment cycle.
  • If a business is required to close its main in-person service but adapts its business into a takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery service, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive a grant under this scheme.
  • State Aid limits will apply.
  • Businesses that have a voluntary agreement but are not insolvent, liquidation or administration will be eligible if they are still trading and operating.
  • Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made are not eligible.

Proofs required for application form

  • 1 of - Proof of identification of Ratepayer. (Financial Accounts / Passport / Driving Licence)
  • 1 of - Evidence of business trading as of 4th November (Delivery Note / Expenses Receipt / Purchase Order / Sales Receipt)
  • 1 of - Evidence that claimant is named holder of bank account (Bank Statement)
  • 2 of - Evidence of company occupying the property as of 4 November (Electric Bill / Gas Bill / Landline Bill / Water Bill)

Timings and process for awarding grants

  • Chichester District Council will check applications for eligibility
  • Chichester District Council revenues team will carry out due diligence checks
  • The Council will advise successful applicants of the outcome by way of a remittance advice or by email if the application is not successful
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible (the aim being within 10 days from the application date)

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "November 2020 business grants" in the subject of your email.

Grant payment levels and criteria

The value of these grants has been set by central Government. Businesses that pay business rates on their premises are eligible for the following:

Rateable valueAmount

For properties with a rateable value £15K or under

£667 every 14 days

For properties with a rateable value over £15K and less than £51K

£1000 - every 14 days

For properties with a rateable value of £51K and over

£1,500 - every 14 days

How to make an application

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply for the schemes "Grant for closed businesses 02/12/2020 to 15/12/2020" and "Tier 2 Restrictions Grant for closed business 16/12/2020 to 25/12/2020" under the appropriate rateable value (RV). No other form of application will be considered.

 

Local restrictions support grant

For businesses closed 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

On 31 October 2020 the Government announced a new lockdown would commence on Thursday 5 November 2020 affecting businesses throughout England, requiring non-essential businesses to close.

The Government has confirmed additional COVID19 emergency funding to Chichester District Council for a Local Restriction Support Grants programme. The funding is aimed at supporting any business which has been subjected to lockdown closures and who has a rateable property.

Please view the government guidelines (Local Restrictions Support Grant A (Close) Addendum .

A list of businesses subject to closure are also available to view.

Summary of eligibility criteria

  • Businesses are only eligible if subject to national lockdown restrictions imposed by the Government from 5 November 2020
  • An applicant can apply despite receiving other grants although this may be considered in any award decision
  • An applicant must be a business liable for occupied rates in the Chichester District Council area
  • An applicant must be a business trading successfully on or before 4 November 2020
  • Businesses in administration or which are insolvent are not eligible to apply, neither are businesses where a "striking off" notice has been made
  • Businesses must provide relevant documentary evidence to support their application, as set out in the online form
  • Any grant award is subject to due diligence checks, including State Aid compliance

Timings and process for awarding grants

  • Chichester District Council will check applications for eligibility
  • Chichester District Council revenues team will carry out due diligence checks
  • The Council will advise successful applicants of the outcome by way of a remittance advice or by email if the application is not successful
  • The Council will process payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible (the aim being within 10 days from the application date)

For any enquiries please email taxation@chichester.gov.uk making sure to include "November 2020 business grants" in the subject of your email.

Grant payment levels and criteria

The value of these grants has been set by central Government. Businesses that pay business rates on their premises are eligible for the following:

Rateable valueAmount

For properties with a rateable value £15K or under

£1,334 - every 4 weeks

For properties with a rateable value over £15K and less than £51K

£2,000 - every 4 weeks

For properties with a rateable value of £51K and over

£3,000 - every 4 weeks

Businesses that have had to be closed since March 2020, such as nightclubs, will also be eligible for £3,000 from 1 November 2020.

Eligible businesses will get one grant for each property liable for business rates and grants will be based on the rateable value of the property on the first full day of lockdown restrictions.

Proofs required for application form

  • 1 of - Proof of identification of Ratepayer. (Financial Accounts / Passport / Driving Licence)
  • 1 of - Evidence of business trading as of 4 November (Delivery Note / Expenses Receipt / Purchase Order / Sales Receipt)
  • 1 of - Evidence that claimant is named holder of bank account (Bank Statement)
  • 2 of - Evidence of company occupying the property as of 4 November (Electric Bill / Gas Bill / Landline Bill / Water Bill)

How to make an application

Prior to completing the application form you also will need your latest Non-Domestic Rates Bill. If this is not easily to hand, sign up for paperless billing

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply for the scheme called "National Restrictions Grant - November 2020" under the appropriate rateable value (RV). No other form of application will be considered.

 

Discretionary Scheme - Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

This funding is to assist local economies and businesses that have been affected by the national restrictions imposed on 5 November 2020 to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. These guidelines have been revised to take into account further funding received by local authorities from central Government on 4 January 201.

Who does it help?

The scheme's intention is to help the following businesses that operate within the Chichester district:

  • Businesses who were open and trading the day before national restrictions were imposed but are not entitled to the other Local Restrictions Support Grant schemes as they are waiting for a business rates valuation from the Valuation Office Agency, or they are not responsible for business rates (e.g. non-essential market traders, bed & breakfast, shared workspaces in the non-essential retail and hospitality sectors).
  • Businesses who, while not legally forced to close are nonetheless severely impacted by the restrictions put in place to control the spread of Covid19 (e.g. businesses which supply the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector)
  • Businesses receiving a mandatory Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) or (Closed) Addendum can also apply

Exclusions

  • Businesses that have already received grant payments to State Aid limits
  • businesses that were not trading on the first full day of this scheme (for Round one this was 5 November 2020, Round two was 2 December 2020 and Round three was 5 January 2021)
  • Businesses in administration, insolvent or where a striking off notice has been made
  • Certain businesses will not be eligible to apply. This includes airbnb businesses due to the limited funding and the shortage of available housing within West Sussex

Grant Payment levels and criteria

Category

Grant Amount

1) Eligible mobile sole trader (e.g. taxi driver) unable to trade (or severe loss of income due to Covid19) or local business with a registered trading address within the Chichester District trading on or before 5 November 2020 (or subsequent date)

At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month / Eligible market trader, unable to trade (or severe loss of income) with ongoing costs

Up to £1,000 (£400 for taxi drivers) per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round.

2) Eligible market trader unable to trade or local business within the Chichester District registered trading address, trading on or before 5 November 2020 (or subsequent date)

At least £250 in rent or flexible licence fee per calendar month / Eligible market trader, unable to trade with ongoing costs

Up to £1,000 per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round.

3) Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list with a rateable value of £15,000 or less

Where there is no rateable value, then businesses paying rent of £15,000 per annum (£1,250 per month) or less

If no rateable value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a rateable value of £15,000 or less per annum

Up to £4,000 per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round.

4) Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000

Where there is no rateable value, then the businesses paying rent of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum

If no rateable value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a rateable value of over £15,000 and less than £51,000 per annum

Up to £6,000 per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round.

5) Businesses occupying a commercial property on the local authority ratings list with a rateable value of £51,000 or above

Where there is no rateable value, then the businesses paying rent of £51,000 or above per annum

If no rateable value or rent, then the local authority may estimate the rateable value or rent of the property where the business is based, or take into account other business related fixed costs in the name of the business, with a rateable value of £51,000 or over per annum

Up to £9,000 per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round

6) In exceptional circumstances any local authority in West Sussex may pay above the maximum amounts in the above boxes.

This is at the discretion of the individual Local Authority

Exceptional circumstances is not defined but businesses need to meet at least two conditions - severe loss of income and closure

Amount to be determined by Chichester District Council per Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding round

Proofs required for the application form

  • Evidence the property is closed or partially closed (e.g. a retail premises trading as click and collect only)
  • Proof of identity of sole trader or limited company
  • Evidence of unavoidable fixed property costs incurred by the business such as rent, rates or mortgage payments. This does not include personal or household costs. This should take the form of leases/agreements showing an obligation to pay and bank statements to show that payments have actually been made
  • Evidence the business falls within the criteria of those businesses required to close (or partially close) or evidence to demonstrate a loss in income as a result of national restrictions. This is likely to be in the form of filed accounts for previous years and management accounts/bank statements for the current period. For example a minimum of three months bank statements may be required
  • Details of any registration numbers (e.g. taxi drivers)
  • Confirmation of State Aid compliance. there is a requirement  for all grants to be made under this scheme to be State Aid compliant

Annual property costs will include rent, mortgage payments, insurance, rates and flexible licence fees.

How to make an application

Applications for support from the Additional Restrictions Grant can be applied for on a monthly rolling basis where eligible businesses continue to be financially impacted by COVID19. In order to do this businesses must submit one application each time along with updated information to support their application.

All applications must be made online at  www.grantapproval.co.uk  and register under "Grants for Businesses". Apply for the scheme "Additional Restrictions Discretionary Grant (from 05/11/2020)" under the appropriate category. No other form of application will be considered.

As a condition of the grant the business must sign a declaration on the application form that they are not committing any fraud and that they are fully complying with State Aid limits.

Should your application be unsuccessful you will be advised of the outcome by email. Although there is no formal right of appeal a review of the decision can be made on request.

Details on the full scheme are available to view:

Managing the risk of fraud

The Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to obtain a grant will face prosecution and any issued funding will be subject to repayment as may any grant paid in error.

Sharing information

By applying for a discretionary grant all applicants give authority to Chichester District Council to share data for efficient system administration (including across West Sussex) and to protect the public purse, subject to the Data Protection legislation. Chichester District Council will be required to share data with Government Departments for monitoring and other reasons. Chichester District Council is also required to provide open data and be transparent about the use of public funding in accordance with Data Protection guidelines, this grant recipient data may be subject to being published on council's websites.

Retail relief

In response to COVID-19, at Budget 2020, the government announced that it would provide additional business rate support to some small businesses.

The Chancellor announced, as a temporary measure for 2020/21 that he would:

  • Increase the level of the retail discount to 100% for eligible retail businesses occupying a property with a rateable value of less than £51,000;
  • Expand the retail discount to include hospitality and leisure properties, with a rateable value of less than £51,000 (such as museums, theatres, gyms and hotels);

The Chancellor then announced on 17 March 2020 further business rates support to help the most-affected firms by;

  • giving all retail, hospitality, leisure businesses & nurseries in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months

A further announcement was made on 25 March 2020 that further business rates support would be provided to affected firms by;

  • giving Employment Agencies, Estate Agents and Letting Agents, and Betting shops a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months

Any account that has been identified as being entitled to this relief, should by now have received a revised account. 

Pub relief

The chancellor also announced at Budget 2020 that the level of pubs discount would increase to £5,000 for pubs with a rateable value less than £100,000.

Businesses that qualify for this relief, have now been issued with a revised business rates account.