Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Reliefs and reductions

1. Coronavirus: business rates reduction

All businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors have been given a business rates reduction. For the financial year 2020/21 there was a business rates holiday for 12 months from April 2020 and this discount, which is uncapped, has now been extended for a further three months to the end of June 2021.  From July 2021, the relief will be reduced to 66% for nine months until the end of March 2022, with a cash cap of £2m for businesses that were required to close as at 5 January 2021, and up to £105,000 for businesses permitted to open at that date.

Nurseries (non-local authority providers of childcare) are also eligible for the same business rates reduction, uncapped from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021 and with a cash cap of £105,000 from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022.

If you received the business rates holiday in 2020/21, it will automatically be carried over to your 2021/22 bill.  The annual bills issued on 29 March 2021 show 100% discount for the year, but a new bill will be issued in June with the 66% reduction from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022.

It is the responsibilty of each business to contact us immediately if they believe they do not qualify or wish to refuse the relief, so that it can be cancelled and a revised bill issued accordingly.

Read further guidance on business rates: expanded retail discount