Business rates and coronavirus

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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.

Apply for a Restart Grant

Local Restrictions Support Grant 

The application period for local restriction support grants is now closed for all periods up to 15 February 2021.

  • You can still apply for the period of national lockdown from 16 February 2021 to 31 March 2021
  • Businesses with rateable value up to £15k - £2096
  • Businesses with rateable value between £15,001 and £51k - £3143
  • Businesses with rateable value of £51k or more - £4714

The closed business lockdown payment was a one-off payment made for the period from 5 January. It will not be paid again for the extended restriction period from 16 February.

Apply for a Local Restrictions Support Grant

Additional Restrictions Grant

The Government announced that a further £425m would be made available to local authorities. Cornwall Council has been allocated £4.427m.

We will use this funding to assist those businesses who were eligible to a grant payment in the Additional Restrictions second scheme.

We are currently calculating the amount of the additional payments. We will contact those businesses by the end of April.

Details of the policy can be found below.

Expanded Retail discount

Now includes:

  • retail
  • leisure and hospitality properties
  • estate agents
  • letting agents
  • bingo halls

You can read more information on the expanded retail discount scheme

Nursery schools - 100% relief for eligible nurseries

You can read information on Nursery Discount for 2020/21 and 2021 on our Business rate relief page.

Access to other help

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub can help with accessing other support.

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