Information about business rates

We welcome the government’s packages of support to local businesses in the form of rates relief, discounts and grants through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19 and are in the process of implementing them.

Whilst we await receipt of government funds, likely to be early April, we are following government rules and guidelines to identify eligible businesses for discount and grants. Systems are currently being put in place so that payments can be processed as soon as possible.

It would help us if you could sign up for e-billing, if you haven’t already. It’s faster and more efficient and ensures we have your email address so we can contact you more quickly.

We appreciate your co-operation and patience at this time.

Nursery discount

As of Wednesday 18 March, the government has announced that many childcare providers would pay no business rates and nursery discount is 100%. The definition of properties to receive this discount has been set out in guidance published by the MHCLG on Friday 20 March 2020 and full details will also be published on our website soon. For now, we can confirm that this relief will apply to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

Retail discount

The government announced in the budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020 that it would increase the retail discount to 100% and extend it to include the leisure and hospitality sectors. The relief will apply to occupied retail, leisure and hospitality properties in the year 2020/21.There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

Salford City Council has started preparations for ensuring eligible businesses receive the increased support in their 2020/21 business rates bills. Where possible, we will utilise data we hold about your business so that the retail discount can be awarded automatically. Revised 2020/21 bills will be issued early April advising you of the award.

The definition of retail properties has been set out in guidance published by the MHCLG on Wednesday 18 March 2020 and full details will be published on our website soon.

For those businesses where it is not as easy to determine eligibility such as music venues, an online application form will be made available.

The government will also bring forward legislation as soon as possible to provide mandatory 100% business rates relief for standalone public lavatories in England from April 2020.

We will continue to update our webpages as further guidance is received

Grants

The government announced in the budget on Wednesday 11 March 2020 grant funding of £10,000 to businesses receiving Small Business Rate Relief.

A £25,000 grant will also be provided to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses operating from smaller premises, with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000.

The funding and guidance for local authorities on the scheme will be provided in early April.

We will continue to update our webpages as further guidance is received.

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