COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (for 2021/22)

On 15 December 2021 the Government announced a new Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) and published guidance on the operation of the fund and details of the funding allocation for each local authority.

This new relief is for business rate payers who have not been eligible to receive business rates reliefs under other government schemes. The relief is available to reduce chargeable amounts in respect of 2021/22.

Each individual local council is responsible for designing the discretionary relief scheme that is to operate in its area.

The council is now working to devise a scheme that meets the guidance criteria without exceeding the funding provided. We will publish details of how the scheme will operate as soon as possible.

Please note while we develop the scheme we are unable to deal with any individual enquiries, the level of reductions that may apply, or on the scope of our scheme.

The aim of the new relief is to support ratepayers who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

However, please note that the Government rules mean that the new relief will not be given to:

  • ratepayers who for the same period of the relief either are or would have been eligible for the Extended Retail Discount (covering Retail, Hospitality and Leisure), the Nursery Discount or the Airport and Ground Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS)
  • to premises for a period when it is unoccupied (other than premises which have become closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on COVID-19)

Awards are likely to amount to a subsidy and therefore any relief provided under this scheme will need to comply with the UK's domestic and international subsidy control obligations.

Last updated: Thursday, 7 April, 2022.