The Government announced a COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion. Craven’s share of this is £1,202,035. The fund is available to support those businesses affected by the pandemic but that are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates.
Billing authorities are responsible for designing the discretionary relief schemes that are to operate in their area and the scheme is for 2021/22 only.
There are guidelines that all councils must follow:
- do not award relief to ratepayers who either are or would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering Retail, Hospitality and Leisure) or the Nursery Discount,
- do not award relief to a hereditament for a period when it is unoccupied (unless closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID-19, and
- direct their support towards ratepayers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.
Craven District Council is awarding a discount of 40% of the rates liability for 2021/22 to ratepayers whom we have identified as meeting the above criteria. We have based our decisions as to eligibility having regard to the government guidance as to sectors of business least likely to be adversely affected. This is understood to be a generalisation, and that we may have awarded relief to some businesses that have not been adversely affected or we have not identified other businesses that have been affected. In accepting the relief ratepayers are confirming that our assumptions are correct and that they are eligible.
Ratepayers not wishing to accept the relief because their business does not meet the eligibility criteria should use the online declaration to refuse the relief because either:
- The business has not been adversely affected by the pandemic
- in accepting the relief it would exceed subsidy limits (see below).
Applying for relief
Any ratepayer whose business has not been awarded relief but feels that it is eligible is invited to use the online form to make an application. In the first instance the email should include an explanation of what the business does and how it has been affected. We may seek whatever further information we feel necessary to make a decision.
If the amount of relief awarded needs to be recalculated in the event of an increase in rateable value, the Council reserves the right not to increase the amount of CARF above the amount of the initial award.
For further details, including information on subsidy limits please read our COVID-19 Additional Relief Policy.