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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)

The Council has identified those businesses it considers may be eligible for this relief and will be applying a percentage discount automatically to business rate accounts very soon.  Please be aware that you may receive the new demand notice for 2022/23 before you receive the CARF relief.

If you do not receive a notification from the Council (that we have granted you this discount) by the end of May 2022 and you believe you are eligible, please email us at