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COVID-19: support for businesses

The Chancellor recently announced a new wave of measures to financially support businesses impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19). These include but are not limited to:

Letters have been sent to your business premises to advise of the rate relief automatically awarded to you if you are considered eligible. Please check that you are eligible before applying

Applications for payments from the Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality & Leisure Grant Fund are now being processed. 

We are checking application data to ensure that the payment information we hold is correct. We'll use existing council databases as far as possible. However, in some instances we might have to email you directly to obtain information (such as copy bank statements) before funds can be released. 

Please help us to make payment as quickly as possible by replying promptly if you receive a request. 

Local newspaper offices

The £1,500 business rates discount for office space used by local newspapers in England will be extended for an additional five years until 31 March 2025. 


If you are a nursery, you will be entitled to the 100% relief for the next year.

Public lavatories relief

100% business rates relief for stand alone public lavatories in England from April 2020. 

Administration of these announcements

The Council are awaiting clear and detailed instructions from the Government following their announcement. When these are known further information will be posted here. 

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