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Reliefs and Exemptions

Government Covid19 Response: Business rates measures

03 March Budget

Following the recent budget announcements regarding updates to rate relief and further grants, details of extended relief are below. Details for Restart Grants can be found in the grants section below.  

  • The Expanded Retail Discount will be extended for three months for eligible properties, at 100% relief, uncapped, for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.
  • From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, the Expanded Retail Discount will apply at 66% relief for eligible properties in the scheme, with a cash cap of £2m for businesses that were required to close as of 5 January 2021, and up to £105,000 for business permitted to open at that date.
  • The Nursery Discount 2021 will be extended for three months, at 100%, uncapped, for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.
  • From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the Nursery Discount would apply at 66% relief for eligible properties, with a cash cap of £105,000.
  • For the Expanded Retail Discount 2021/22 and Nursery Discount 2021/22, businesses may choose to opt-out of support by providing billing authorities notification of their request to refuse support, per eligible hereditament.

Business support grant funding

We are administering grants on behalf of the government to support businesses through the following schemes:

  • Restart Grant
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum)
  • Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) - Now closed to applications
  • Closed Business Lockdown Payment - Now closed to applications
  • Wet-Led Pub Grant - Now closed to applications
  • Additional Restrictions Grant - 28 Day Scheme
  • Additional Restrictions Grant Main Scheme - Currently closed to applications

Details of the periods covered and the amount payable through these schemes are listed below:

Start Date End Date Schemes Running £0 - £15,000 RV £15,001 - £50,999 RV

£51,000 RV & over

05/11/20 01/12/20

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum)

£1,334.00 £2,000.00 £3,000.00
05/11/20 01/12/20

Additional Restrictions Grant - 28 Day Scheme

£1,334.00 £2,000.00 £3,000.00
05/11/20 31/03/22

Additional Restrictions Grant

At BDC Discretion
02/12/20 15/12/20

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

£667.00 £1,000.00 £1,500.00
16/12/20 30/12/20

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)

£715.00 £1,071.00 £1,607.00
02/12/20 15/12/20 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) £467.00 £700.00

£1,050.00

16/12/20 30/12/20 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) £500.00 £750.00

£1,125.00

31/12/20 04/01/21 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed) £238.00 £357.00

£535.00

05/01/21 15/02/21 Local restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum) £2,001.00 £3,000.00 £4,500.00
05/01/21 15/02/21 Closed Business Lockdown Payment £4,000.00 £6,000.00

£9,000.00

16/02/21 31/03/21 Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum) £2,096.00 £3,143.00 £4,714.00
01/04/21  

Restart Grant - Non essential retail

£2,667.00 £4,000.00 £6,000.00
01/04/21  

Restart Grant -hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal
care and gym business  

£8,000.00 £12,000 £18,000

 

Restart Grant

On 3 March 2021, Government announced the introduction of a one off grant payment for non essential retail, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses. 

The Restart Grant scheme supports businesses that are predominantly reliant on delivering in person services for the general public in the aforementioned sectors. The scheme will only be available to businesses on the business rates list. 

Eligible businesses in receipt of the LRSG Closed scheme will be contacted shortly regarding this scheme.

Closed Business Lockdown Payment - Now closed to applications

One off payments under this scheme will automatically be made to businesses qualifying for the Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum) that have been mandated to close from 5 January 2021 due to the introduction of national restrictions.

 

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open) - Now closed to applications

A copy of the policy is available in the download section at the foot of this page. Please read this policy for a fuller understanding of the eligibility criteria. We will consider awards to businesses allowed to remain open but were severely impacted during periods when the District was in the High and Very High alert levels for the periods, 2nd Dec through to 30th December. Businesses also need to fall into the following categories:

  • A business in the hospitality, hotel, bed and breakfast or leisure industries
  • Have business premises in the district that has a rateable value

There are other eligibility criteria that your business must meet which are explained in section 2 of the policy document.

We now invite expressions of interest for this grant to be sent to the nndr@blaby.gov.uk mailbox. You will receive an automated acknowledgement. The Council will get in touch with you in due course in order to obtain further information and evidence from you.

Please ensure that your email has the heading ‘LRSG OPEN EXPRESSION OF INTEREST’ and provide us with:

  • The name of your business and business address
  • A contact number and contact name
  • The Council will close the expressions of interest process when the numbers of requests received are at a low level.

 

Wet-led Pub grant – Now closed to applications

The Prime Minister announced that pubs which do not serve food will receive a one-off payment of £1,000. This is in recognition of how hard pubs have been hit by the virus, in what is typically their busiest month.

Letters have been issued to public houses to invite them to register their interest in this scheme. A copy of the letter along with the qualifying criteria can be viewed in the download section at the foot of this page.

 

Additional Restrictions Main Scheme - Currently closed to applications

A copy of the full policy is available in the download section at the foot of this page. We will consider awards to businesses that fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Supplies to retail, hospitality, leisure, events which either cannot operate or is severely restricted in its’ ability to operate during the restriction period
  • Businesses that have received no funding from earlier 2020 Covid Grant funding schemes
  • Businesses that can demonstrate severe reductions in income levels
  • Businesses that the Council considers important to the local economic picture of the district

Applications for this scheme will require additional evidence to be provided relating to:

  • Fixed Costs
  • Income Loss during recent months
  • Any other evidence relevant to the application

 

Local Restriction Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum) and Additional Restrictions Grant, 28 Day Scheme

Following the national restrictions effective from 05 November 2020 the Government introduced the new Local Restrictions Support Grant (Closed)(Addendum) scheme to support businesses registered for Business Rates and mandated to close by Government.

Businesses occupying shared business premises and not registered for Business Rates can apply for the Additional Restrictions Grant, 28 Day Scheme if they are mandated to close.

Applications for both of these schemes can be made using the form below.

Increased relief available

In response to COVID-19 the Government's Budget announced that it would provide additional business rate support to some small businesses. The Chancellor announced, as a temporary measure for 2020/21 that he would:

  • Expand the retail discount to include hospitality and leisure properties. This has further been expanded to include estate agents, letting agents, employment agencies, betting shops and bingo halls
  • Increase the level of the retail discount to 100 per cent for eligible retail businesses giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England a 100% business rates holiday for the next 12 months
  • Increase the level of the pubs discount to £5000 for pubs with a rateable value less than £100,000
  • Ofsted registered Early Years providers will receive 100% relief for 2020/21

These changes will have effect for 2020/21.

Small business grant funding

This scheme closed to applications on 28 August 2020, any applications received after this date will not be processed 

The Government recognises that many small businesses pay little or no business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief. To support those businesses, the Government will provide extra funding for Local authorities in England to help meet their ongoing business costs by:

  • providing grants to small businesses eligible for Small Business Rate Relief or Expanded Retail Hospitality and Leisure Relief of £10,000
  • providing further £25,000 grants to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value over £15,000 and below £51,000

Further assistance for businesses at this time can be found on the Coronavirus Planning Ahead link at the bottom of the page. 

Reliefs and Exemptions

There are several ways you can get help with reducing the Business Rates that you pay:

  • Small Business Rate Relief
  • Unoccupied Property Relief
  • Partly Occupied Property Relief
  • Charity and Registered Community Sports Club Relief
  • Discretionary Relief for Non-Profit Making Organisations
  • Hardship Relief
  • Retail Discount Scheme
  • Pub Discount 2020/21

Exemptions

Certain types of unoccupied properties/owners are exempt from empty property rates. These include:

  • Nationally listed buildings
  • Properties with a rateable value of less than £2,900
  • Companies in Liquidation or Administration
  • Properties which cannot be occupied by law
  • Charity and Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) Registered

To claim unoccupied property relief, you must contact us as soon as the property becomes vacant.

Retail Discount Scheme

In the 2018 budget, the Government announced the launch of the business rates Retail Discount Scheme. This delivers a one-third discount off business rate bills for eligible retail businesses with a rateable value of less than £51,000 for 2019/20 this has been increased to 50% for 2020/21. Eligible businesses will be invited to apply.

Small Business Rate Relief

Some small businesses can get relief to help them reduce the number of rates they need to pay. To qualify a business must:

  • Occupy one business property in England with a rateable value below £15,000
  • Occupy one business property with a rateable value below £15,000, together with others whose rateable values are below £2,900, and when added together, the total rateable value does not exceed £20,000
  • All rate bills for businesses with rateable values below £51,000 will be calculated using the lower multiplier irrespective of how many properties they occupy

Businesses with rateable values below £12,000 will have 100% relief. Rateable values between £12,000 and £15,000 will receive a percentage reduction on a sliding scale of between 0 and 100%.

Businesses that take on an additional property which would normally have meant the loss of small business rate relief will be allowed to keep that relief for 12 months.

If you are receiving relief and continue to be eligible you will not need to reapply for the relief annually.

You can contact us or fill in the Small Business Rate Relief Application to apply for rates relief.

Unoccupied Property Rating

When a property first becomes empty, there will be a rates free period of six months for industrial assessments and three months for all other properties. After this period has expired we will charge rates at 100%.

A property is only classed as unoccupied when all the items have been removed (except for fixtures and fittings). If a property is being used for storage purposes then full Business Rates must be paid.

If a property has been empty for more than three/six months before it is purchased or leased, then empty property rates will apply immediately from the date the property is purchased or leased.

Charity and Registered Community Amateur Sports Club Relief

Charities and registered Community Amateur Sports Clubs are entitled to 80% relief where the property is occupied by the Charity or Club and is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes or as a Registered Community Amateur Sports Club. We have the discretion to give further relief on the remaining 20%. To apply, please complete the Charitable CASC Relief Application.

Discretionary relief

We have the discretion to apply relief to properties in the following circumstances:

  • Properties that are partly occupied for a short time. This will require you to submit a plan of the premises and an inspection will be carried out
  • To non-profit making organisations. You can apply for this by filling in the Discretionary Relief Application form
  • For businesses experiencing hardship. This is given in exceptional circumstances and can be applied for by filling in the Hardship Relief Application form

Supporting Small businesses

Relief is available to those ratepayers facing large increases as a result of the loss of small business or rural rate relief in the 2017 revaluation. If you qualify for this relief it has automatically been awarded to your account. To support these ratepayers annual increases will be limited to the greater of:

  • Cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month)
  • The matching cap on increases for small properties in the transitional relief scheme

Blaby District Council has also adopted a local scheme to limit the increase in bills from the revaluation of 2017/2018, this relief will run until financial year 2020/2021. This relief has been distributed to eligible ratepayers.

If you qualify for any of the relief above it has automatically been awarded to your account. If you are not in receipt of this relief and believe you qualify please contact us.

Pub Discount

In January 2020 Government announced a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of less than £100,000 for one year from 1st April 2020. This relief will be applied automatically to eligible accounts.

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