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Hardship relief

IMPORTANT NOTICE PLEASE READ

Business Grants

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

 

The scheme CLOSED on 18th March 2022 and all final payments will be made and dispersed to recipients by 31 March 2022.

 

On 21 December 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England who have been impacted by coronavirus restrictions and the rise of the Omicron variant.

 

One off grants up to £6,000 will be paid to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses in England occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list only 

 

  • Hospitality definition: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink

 

  • Leisure definition: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming

 

  • Accommodation definition: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

 

 

Rateable Value

Grant Amount

£1 to £15,000

£2,667

£15,001 to £50,999

£4,000

Over £51,000

£6,000

 

 

COVID-19 business grant funding schemes: guidance for local authorities - GOV.UK

 

 

 

The Council has a discretionary power under Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, in exceptional circumstances to reduce all or part of a business rates bill.

The legislation stipulates that a local authority in considering hardship must be satisfied:

  • The ratepayer will suffer hardship if relief is not granted
  • There is a direct benefit to the ratepayer, or the community, and there are no adverse impact to other ratepayers or the community as a result of awarding relief

In coming to an individual decision we will consider numerous other factors. 

If you wish to apply for hardship relief, please do so in writing to Stroud District Council, Business Rates Department.  Please include detailed copy of accounts.  As it is intended as a one off award we will need details of what steps are being taken to prevent hardship in the future.

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