Why have I received a Court Summons about business rates?

Closing Dates For Business Support Grant Applications

LRSGA 05/01/2021 to 15/02/2021 Last date for applications 31/03/2021

LRSGA 16/02/2021 to 31/03/2021 Last date for applications 31/05/2021

LRSG (closed) for December, Last date for applications 31/03/2021

LRSG (Open), Last date for applications 31/03/2021

Closed Business Lockdown Payments Last date for applications 31/03/2021

Christmas Support Payment (CSP) already closed to new application

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

Do not use this form to apply for the RESTART grants available from April. We will aim to invite applications via a different on-line application and details will be updated on these pages when the scheme is live.

Business Support Grant Application Form

All applications will be validated and a determination made as to whether the business is eligible for a grant and how much. Payment will be made as soon as practical after the assessment has been made.

The government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their statements or evidence to gain grant money will face prosecution and any funding issued will be subject to claw back, as may any grants paid in error.

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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