Business rates and coronavirus

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.


The Government has announced a package of support. This is to help business rate payers and other business that are either forced to close or negatively impacted due to local restrictions.

Restart Grants

The Restart Grant is available from 1 April 2021. It supports businesses in reopening safely as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted:

  • non-essential retail premises with one-off grants of up to £6,000
  • hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym business premises with one-off grants of up to £18,000

If you are a business ratepayer and have already received a Local Restriction Support Grant from us for a previous period of restriction, you don’t need to make a new application for the Restart Grant.

We received funds from Government on 6 April 2021.

For this round of grants the government has stipulated that we must complete various additional pre-payment checks.

Since receiving Government funding we have now paid approximately 13,000 businesses. There are a small number which haven’t been paid as they have not passed the pre-payment assurance checks. These are currently being looked at to resolve the issue and we will contact those businesses as soon as possible.
If your business is not registered for business rates, please view the Additional Restrictions Grant information below.

If you have not previously received a Local Restrictions Support Grant payment, and have been trading since the 5 Jan 2021 in a businesses rated premises, you may be eligible for a restart grant.

See the government guidance on Restart Grant eligibility and check if you are entitled.

You can apply for a Restart Grant up until 30 June 2021.

Apply for a Restart Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant

The application period for local restriction support grants is now closed.

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