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Chancellor’s Spring Budget 2020 and Business Rates Relief

The Chancellor announced during his Spring Budget of 2020 that the government will introduce measures to help businesses with their business rates bills and to assist with the economic challenges presented by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Most recently, the government has introduced a new Discretionary Grant scheme to assist businesses not eligible under the original Grant schemes for small businesses and those in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector.  

An application form will be made available on Friday 12 June 2020. Please check our website for updates.

Please be aware that we are currently experiencing an extremely high number of enquiries relating to these Covid-19 support measures, particularly the Grant schemes and we are endeavouring to respond to enquiries as soon as possible.

If you have already responded to our request for bank details for a grant award, then there is no need to send us a follow-up email.

We are aware that these are difficult and uncertain times for businesses, and we appreciate your on-going patience.

Expanded Retail Rate Relief - 100%

The government announced that with effect from 1 April 2020, the level of retail rate relief for eligible businesses will increase from 50% to 100%.

Businesses that are eligible for retail relief has been expanded to include those that are within the leisure and hospitality sector.

This now covers venues used for the assembly of visiting members of the public such as but not limited to, museums, art galleries, nightclubs and sports clubs. Hotels and guesthouses are also included.

There is no RV limit to the businesses that qualify.

You do not need to apply for this relief. You will be automatically re-billed.

Expanded Retail Rate Relief Guidance on Gov.uk.

Nursery Discount - 100%

Childcare providers that are registered on the Ofsted Early Year Register that occupy a commercial property will qualify for 100% rate relief.

You do not need to apply for this relief. You will be automatically re-billed.

Nursery Discount Guidance on Gov.uk.

Grant funding for Small Business

Businesses that are in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief will be eligible for a one-off grant of £10,000 to assist them with their ongoing business costs.

You do not need to apply for this grant, we will inform you if you are eligible.

Grant funding for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business

Businesses eligible for the expanded retail relief that have a rateable value of under £15,000 will qualify for a one-off grant of £10,000 to assist them with their on-going business costs.

In addition, those businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 to £51,000 are eligible for a grant of £25,000.

You do not need to apply for this grant, we will inform you if you are eligible.

Grant Funding Guidance on Gov.uk.

Other Covid-19 support measures for business

Please see the following links for information and financial support the government are offering businesses:

Covid-19 Support for Business on Gov.uk.

Covid-19 Loan Schemes

We understand that these are challenging times and we appreciate your on-going patience.

We are working as quickly as possible to implement these measures, please continue to pay your business rates as billed until you are advised otherwise.

Scam alert

We have been notified of a potential scam where scammers are contacting businesses which have received grants and telling them that they have been paid in error and must repay the grant immediately using the bank details provided by the scammer.

If you are in any doubt, our bank details are:

Sort Code: 30-00-02
Account number: 01 52 60 28
Account name: London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Bank: Lloyds

Businesses are also being approached by organisations offering to obtain a grant on their behalf for a fee.

Please be advised that this service is unnecessary as we will ensure that all businesses who are eligible for a grant receive this, with no fee for administration.

If you think you are eligible for a grant and we have not already contacted you, then please let us know.    

For more information and advice regarding scams, please see our coronavirus page.