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Statement on holiday lets, second homes and business grants

As with the previous Government business support scheme, those businesses eligible to apply for the Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) are determined by criteria set by the Government, not Cornwall Council.  These include properties declared as holiday lets and registered for business rates.   

There are currently more than 23,000 properties in Cornwall registered as a second home or holiday let and more than 13,000 of these pay Council Tax. 

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Of the 10,000 holiday lets that are registered for Business Rates as classified by the Government’s Valuation Office Agency, just over 7,600 previously received a business grant in accordance with the Governments criteria and, if impacted by the current lockdown, will be eligible to apply for further assistance in accordance with the Governments new LRSG scheme. 

These figures show that more than two thirds have not been eligible for the mandatory Government business grants. No second home has received such a grant because second homes are not on the Business Rates register. 

Tim Dwelly, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for the economy said: “We have been saying to Government for some time that its approach in allowing second home-owners claim to be a holiday let business and register for business rates is a mistake. The rules should be tighter with the Government requiring evidence rather than the owner being able to declare that a property is available as a holiday let.   

I believe that all holiday lets should be registered for Council Tax rather than business rates, this would make the system so much simpler and boost the Councils income for services.  

The Council’s priority is to support genuine Cornwall owned businesses and that’s who we will be prioritising with the funds that we have a say on.”  

The Government has allocated £11.4 million to Cornwall Council for Additional Restriction Grants and the Council has now launched that scheme.  The Council is working with Cornwall’s business leaders to ensure the application process put in place for these grants is targeted at those who need it most. More details are available at 


Story posted on November 20, 2020