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Why have I received a Court Summons about business rates?


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


£15,001 to £50,999


Over £51,000




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




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.


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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