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Retail Relief

Retail relief - From the 1st of April 2019 there was a 2-year relief scheme to aid the retail sector. Businesses who are eligible will receive a third off of their bill. From the 1st April 2020 this was increased to 100% discount and was expanded to music venues, and cinemas. From the 1st April 2021 a new discount level was applicable, a 100% discount will apply from the 1st April 2021 to the 30th June 2021 then from the 1st July 2021 retail relief will be reduced to a 66.6% discount, certain cap levels apply to the 2021/22 scheme. From the 1st April 2022 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Rates Relief scheme will provide eligible occupied retail hospitality and leisure properties with a 50% relief, up to a cash cap limit of £110,000.00 per business;

State Aid/Subsidy Control 

The rules on the amount of state aid a business is allowed to claim changed on 04 March 2021 - please see full details about subsidy control;

Subsidy Control State Aid March 2021

A downloadable subsidy declaration form is available here:

Subsidy Allowance Declaration

The new domestic subsidy allowance for the Covid-19 business support grants took effect on 4 March 2021. Applications made prior to that date are subject to the previous state aid rules. The new subsidy allowance scheme is covered by 3 subsidy allowances:

Small amounts of financial assistance allowance – you’re allowed up to £335,000 (subject to exchange rates) over any period of 3 years,

  • Covid-19 business grant allowance – you’re allowed up to £1,900,000
  • Covid-19 business grant special allowance - if you have reached your limits

Under the small amounts of financial assistance allowance and Covid-19 business grant allowance, you may be able to access a further allowance of funding under these scheme rules of up to £10,000,000 provided certain conditions are met.

Grants under these 3 allowances can be combined for a potential total allowance of up to £12,235,000 (subject to exchange rates).

Cash Cap Deceleration Form A

Cash Cap Deceleration Form B

For further guidance please click on the link below -

Business rates guidance: 2022/23 Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief Scheme

Business rates: expanded retail discount 2021 to 2022 - local authority guidance

Original Retails Discount Guidance

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