About retail relief

Covid 19 retail relief

As you may be aware, the Government has announced a package of measures following the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.  The following measures will be relevant for businesses who currently receive a business rates bill.

Business rates relief

Businesses will receive relief from their business rate charges under the following circumstances:

  • 100% business rate relief for all retail, hospitality and leisure properties (including estate agents, letting agencies and bingo halls) for a period of 12 months.

This will be applied to your business rate bill for April 2020.

For further clarification of what constitutes retail, hospitality and leisure properties please refer to the MHCLG guidance:

business rates guidance

Ongoing rates liability

Under the latest government business rates retail discount guidance, retail, hospitality and leisure businesses are eligible for a twelve month business rates holiday. If eligible you will be re-billed automatically by us. However, due to ongoing discussions with our software providers this won’t be in time to adjust any April payment arrangements. If you are eligible for the discount and have already sent payment, we will review and refund any such payments.

We have suspended all April direct debit payments. Some of these will be replaced by new bills depending on application of the government’s expanded retail discount scheme or nursery discount scheme. For ratepayers not eligible for the discount, the suspended  amounts will be collected later in the year and we will notify you in advance of this happening.

Next steps

We are currently in the process of reviewing our records, and aim to automatically award the increased level of retail relief, and make payment of the small business and retail grants following the receipt of the on-line form as detailed below.

The most up to date Covid-19 Government advice to business and employees is available here:

www.gov.uk