Valuation and Appeals
We have now completed the background checks required before making payment of the restart grants and payments for successful claims submitted before 7th May 2021 are due to be released Monday 10th May to be in bank accounts 2-3 days later.
All eligible businesses will need to make an application for a restart grant even if your business has received payment from previous grants.
To qualify, the business must be a business ratepayer, must have been trading on 1 April 2021 and be in one of the relevant sectors
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 guidance documentation can be found by clicking the link below
Closing Dates For Business Support Grant Applications
The current round of application for discretionary (arg) application, is now closed
LRSGA 16/02/2021 to 31/03/2021 Last date for applications 31/05/2021
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 be inviting applications shortly via a different on-line application and details will be updated on these pages when the scheme is live.
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.
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.