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Valuation and Appeals


Business Grants

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure Grant

On 21 December 2021, Government announced the introduction of grant support for hospitality and leisure businesses in England. See announcement here:

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

Grants of up to £6,000 will be paid to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses in England occupying hereditaments appearing on the local rating list 


Rateable Value

Grant Amount

£0 to £15,000


£15,001 to £50,999


Over £51,000


Update 13 January 2022

These grants are not yet live. We are currently reviewing the guidance and working on the application process and will update this page when the application is open

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG5)

Update 11/01/22

The application window has now closed. Please note that the council are required to undertake more extensive and robust pre-payment checks on the grants, so processing times for these grants may be longer.


We aim to start processing payments within the next 5 days.

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.

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