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Why have I received a Court Summons about business rates?

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG4)

The Council has created a new Additional Restrictions Grant policy based on Government guidance, which will provide additional support to businesses who have been severely financially impacted by Covid restrictions and delay to the Government’s roadmap.

The scheme is open for applications from 1pm Thursday 22 July 2021 and closes at 10pm Sunday 8 August 2021.

All businesses will have to complete the secure online application form by clicking on the link below.

Business Support Grant Application Form

Eligibility

To be eligible, a business must fit under one of the following sectors:

  • hospitality
  • travel and tourism sector, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators
  • wedding industries
  • nightclubs
  • theatres
  • events industries
  • taxis
  • wholesalers
  • English language schools
  • breweries
  • freelance and mobile businesses (including caterers, events, hair, beauty and wedding related businesses)

Businesses will need to demonstrate that they have been severely financially impacted and will be required to submit evidence to support the claim.

All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Please note that no payments will be made until the application deadline of Sunday 8th August has passed and all applications have been assessed.

Stroud Additional Restrictions Grant Policy

RESTART Grants – this scheme closed for applications on 30 June.

If you have already submitted an application please note that the council are required to undertake more extensive and robust pre-payment checks on the restart grants, so processing times for these grants may be longer.

The Court Summons has been sent because our records show that you have failed to pay your Business Rates as requested, despite a reminder and/or final notice being sent to you.

Summons

If you don’t pay the total balance of your Business Rates after your instalments have been cancelled, or don't tell us why you're not liable to pay, a Summons will be sent to you, so that we can apply to the Magistrates for a Liability Order.  This action will also add costs of £60.00 to your unpaid Business Rates bill.

You can avoid court, if you pay the full amount shown on the Summons, including Summons costs, before the date of the hearing.

If you are unable to pay the full amount on the Summons, please contact us before the court hearing to arrange a payment plan covering what you owe.

At the hearing we’ll ask the magistrate to issue a liability order. A liability order gives the council more powers to help collect the money you owe.

You don’t have to go to the hearing - the purpose of the hearing is to decide whether or not you owe the amount demanded, and not to look at your personal / business finances.

You have the right to attend court, but if you do not dispute that you owe the amount stated, you do not need to attend.

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