help on line for aid due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The District Council is now able to start implementing the government’s offer of additional assistance for business ratepayers:
Payments in respect of these two grants will be paid to businesses as soon as possible following receipt of the funding from central government.
- Increase in the level of the retail discount to 100% (currently at 50%) for all retail businesses (every shop, pub, theatre, music venue, restaurant and any other business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector) - as from 1 April 2020 this relief will be irrespective of their rateable value. This effectively will give these businesses a 12 month rate free holiday.
The council expects calls to the customer service centre to be high early next week as a result of the small business grant scheme and asks customers to please be patient