Valuation and Appeals
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.
To be eligible, a business must fit under one of the following sectors:
- travel and tourism sector, including group travel, travel agents and tour operators
- wedding industries
- events industries
- English language schools
- 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.
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.
Your rates bill is worked out based on the rateable value (RV) of your property. The RV is not determined by the council but by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an agency of HM Revenue & Customs.
If you are unhappy with your business rates, you can make an appeal.
If you decide to make an appeal, you must continue to pay your business rates while your appeal is outstanding.
If you disagree with your rateable value
There is a new business rates appeal process in England from 1 April 2017 known as check, challenge, appeal. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) deals with checks and challenges, while the independent Valuation Tribunal for England handles appeals.
If you think your rateable value is incorrect, contact the Valuation Office (VOA). You'll need to explain the reasons why you think your rateable value is wrong.
The VOA will compare your rateable value with similar properties in the area and consider any other reasons you have mentioned.
The Valuation Officer will notify the council of the appeal outcome, and a bill will be issued advising any changes if applicable to the amount payable.