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        COVID-19: support for businesses who pay business rates

        Budget 2021

        The Chancellor has announced the following measures to support businesses in his Budget on 3 March 2021:

        • New ‘Restart Grant’ available in April to support businesses reopen in 2021
          • Non-essential retail will receive grants of up to £6,000
          • Hospitality and leisure, including personal care and gyms will receive grants of up to £18,000
        • The business rates holiday (100% Expanded Retail Discount) will be extended to the end of June 2021.  From July 2021, the discount will be reduced to two thirds of the business rates bill. Closed businesses will have the amount of relief they can receive capped at £2million and there will be a lower cap of £105,000  for those businesses able to remain open. 
        • The business rates holiday (100% Nursery (childcare) discount ) will be extended to the end of June 2021.  From July 2021, the discount will be reduced to two thirds of the business rates bill. The amount of relief will be capped at £105,000 per business.

        Please see our business rate relief pages for more information on Retail discount and Nursery discount.

        Further support

        The Chancellor has previously set out a package to support businesses who pay business rates through the period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

        Christmas support payment for ‘wet-led’ pubs

        The government has announced a one-off grant payment of £1,000 to help ‘wet-led pubs’ during the Christmas period (2 December to 29 December 2020).

        This scheme has now closed and we can no longer accept applications.

        COVID-19 support for businesses in 2020-21

        The government announced support for businesses to help with the impact of the local and national restrictions in place during most of 2020-21.

        Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors

        Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will pay no business rates for the financial year 2020-21, regardless of their rateable value.

        Following guidance published by the government, we sent new business rates bills to all businesses we identified would qualify for the retail discount.

        If you think you should receive a retail discount, but your current 2020-21 bill does not show this, please contact the Business Rates Team.

        Find out more about the retail discount

        Childcare providers

        To support nurseries during this time, the Chancellor has decided that providers of childcare will pay no business rates for 2020-21. We have sent new business rates bills to all businesses we have identified that qualify for the nursery discount.

        If you have not received a bill that shows a nursery discount and think you should receive it, please contact the Business Rates Team. Please ensure you provide your Ofsted Registration Number when asked for Additional Information.

        Other help for businesses

        Information about other help for businesses is available on the GOV.UK website

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