Business rates coronavirus support and other discounts

Local Discounts Overview

We are working hard to process quickly the large number of grant applications that have been submitted, the applications are being looked at in date order and we will contact you once we have completed your application.  An award will be paid directly into your account, so please check your online banking.

Coronavirus Response Discounts and Grants

There have been a series of discounts and grants for businesses announced by the Government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.  These pages now include information about these measures and what to do to receive the Enhanced Retail Discount, the Business Support Grant Funds and the Nursery Discount. 

Retail Discount

In the Autumn Budget of 2018 the chancellor announced a Retail Discount scheme. This scheme will run in 2019/20, 2020/21 and the 2021/22 financial years.

Spring Budget 2017 and Autumn Statement 2019 Reliefs

Additional Rate Relief Schemes were announced in the 2017 Spring Budget to assist businesses which, following the 2017 Business Rates revaluation and changes to other reliefs, faced the largest increases in the amount of rates payable.  In summary the measures announced were as follows:

Supporting Small Businesses

This scheme supports businesses that had lost Small Business Rates Relief due to the 2017 revaluation.  

Public House Relief

A £1,000 payment to Pubs up to £100,000 Rateable Value. This relief was for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial year and has been increased to £5,000 for the 2020 - 21 financial year. However, the new Expanded Retail Discount is likely to be awarded in full making Pub Relief unnecessary.

Revaluation Discretionary Relief

This scheme has now ended but is included for information.

A discretionary funding pot of £300 million has been made available nationally. It is payable over 4 years to enable billing authorities to support those facing the steepest increases in their Business Rates.  The scheme will help businesses with a rateable value of less than £200,000 and facing an increase in Business Rates of over 12.5% this financial year. The ratepayer must have been in occupation on 31 March 2017.

Visit the Spring Budget 2017: Things you need to know page on the GOV.UK website for more detail on the measures announced in the Spring Budget Statement on 8 March 2017.

De Minimis State Aid

All discount and discretionary relief awards are required to comply with the EU law on State Aid. If you have received any other relief we need a declaration from you that it does not exceed the increased rate of €800,000 (Increased from €200,000 the previous De Minimis level set out in the relevant EU Regulations).

Please complete the form below if you are receiving any discretionary awards:

De Minimis Declaration Form

If you wish to refuse tha discount or relief granted for a property, please email us at [email protected] and the relief will be removed.