Business Assistance

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (for 2021/22)
On 15 December 2021 the Government announced a new Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) and published guidance on the operation of the fund and details of the funding allocation for each local authority.

This new relief is for business rate payers who have not been eligible to receive business rates reliefs under other government schemes. The relief is available to reduce chargeable amounts in respect of 2021/22.

We are required to establish a local discount scheme to determine which businesses to support. The scheme is currently being drafted and will be published on our website as soon as possible.

The aim of the new relief is to support ratepayers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact. However, please note that the Government rules mean that the new relief will not be given to:

  • ratepayers who for the same period of the relief either are or would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering Retail, Hospitality and Leisure), the Nursery Discount or the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS)
  • to premises for a period when it is unoccupied (other than premises which have become closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID-19)

Business Support Finder
Support is available to employers and the self-employed, including sole traders and limited company directors. Businesses whether open or closed may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants. Use the Business Support Finder to see what support is available.


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