Information about business rates relief, discounts and grants

Salford City Council welcomes 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.

We hold information on Small Business Rate Relief, Rural Rates Relief, retail and hospitality businesses within Salford, and have contacted all the eligible businesses that we can about discount and grants. Systems have been put in place so that grant payments are being processed as quickly as possible, and reliefs and discounts applied to your business rates bill.

Grants

Businesses we have identified as eligible for funding have been contacted by letter, email and text, so you don’t need to apply for the funding. If you’ve not heard but think you may be entitled to a grant please check the criteria below and apply online with supporting evidence.

Who needs to complete the below form

  • If we have already been in contact you will still need to confirm your bank details
  • There are some businesses that we haven’t been able to contact. If you think you are eligible but have not been contacted, please check the eligibility information below before completing the online form. Please also make sure you provide the evidence requested.
  • If you are aware of other businesses who may be eligible, please encourage them to apply and not miss out. (eg commercial agents/landlords, please support local government by ensuring information about these grants reaches your tenants)

Grant information on eligibility

Only businesses with their own assessment for business rates and eligible for SBRR, rural or Expanded Retail Discount with a rateable value below £51,000 will be eligible for the grant. If a business is not registered for business rates (eg those operating out of business centres, enterprise zones, serviced office accommodation or multi-occupied buildings) they will not get funding through the government schemes.

Please see the information below and the government website for more information about eligibility.

You can find and check your business rates valuation with the Valuation Office Agency.

Scheme 1: Small Business Support Grant Fund

Eligibility date of scheme: 11 March 2020 

Eligibility criteria: Hereditaments which on the eligible date were eligible for relief under the business rate Small Business Rate 

Per business grant: £10,000

Grant recipient: The person who was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the scheme eligibility date 

Grants per business:  1 per unique hereditament

Exclusions:

  1. Hereditaments occupied for personal uses. Examples of where there may be personal use include private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings.
  2. Car parks and parking spaces.
  3. Businesses which as of Tuesday 11 March 2020 were in liquidation or were dissolved

Only one grant may be awarded per hereditament.

State Aid: State Aid applies SBGF can be paid as De Minimis aid 200,000 euro limit over three years or under the Temporary framework where De Minimis threshold exceeded

Scheme 2: Retail, Hospitality and Leisure business Grants Fund, rateable value up to and including £15,000

Eligibility date of scheme: 11 March 2020 

Eligibility criteria: Hereditaments which on the scheme eligibility date had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the Expanded retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force for that date

Per business grant: £10,000

Grant recipient: The person who was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the scheme eligibility date 

Grants per business:  1 per hereditament 

Exclusions:

  1. Hereditaments occupied for personal uses. Examples of where there may be personal use include private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings.
  2. Car parks and parking spaces.
  3. Hereditaments with a rateable value of £15,000.01 or over.
  4. Businesses which as of Tuesday 11 March 2020 in liquidation or were dissolved

Only one grant may be awarded per hereditament.

State Aid: RHLGF can be paid under the UK COVID 19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities subject to:

  • 800,000 euro limit and
  • Recipient confirming they were not an undertaking in difficulty on 31 December 2019

Scheme 3: Retail, Hospitality and leisure Business Grants Fund, rateable value £15,000.01-£50,999

Eligibility date of scheme: 11 March 2020 

Eligibility criteria: Hereditaments which on the scheme eligibility date had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the Expanded retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force for that date

Per business grant: £25,000

Grant recipient: The person who was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the scheme eligibility date 

Grants per business:  1 per unique hereditament

Exclusions:

  1. Hereditaments occupied for personal uses. Examples of where there may be personal use include private stables and loose boxes, beach huts and moorings.
  2. Car parks and parking spaces.
  3. Hereditaments with a rateable value of £51,000 or over.
  4. Businesses which as of Tuesday 11 March 2020 were in liquidation or were dissolved

Only one grant may be awarded per hereditament.

State Aid: RHLGF can be paid under the UK COVID 19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities subject to:

  • 800,000 euro limit and
  • Recipient confirming they were not an undertaking in difficulty on 31.12.19

Apply for a business grant and confirm your bank details

If you pay your business rates by Direct Debit, we will use the bank details we hold to make the grant payment and will ask you to agree to this when completing the above form. If you do not pay by Direct Debit, or do not want us to use the bank details we hold, please let us have your bank details when completing the form.

State Aid 

COVID-19 Grant Awards must comply with the EU law on State Aid. It is your responsibility to ensure that any grant awards to your company do not take your total amount of State Aid received over the €200,000 limit, as prescribed in the De Minimis Regulations EC 1407/2013.

If the aid provided by Salford City Council will take the total amount of State Aid over €200,000, you may still be entitled to receive grant aid under the COVID-19 Temporary Framework for UK Authorities ('Temporary Framework'). The limit for aid under the Temporary Framework is €800,000 (this is in addition to the €200,000 your business has already received under the De Minimis Regulations). 

Please note that there are certain restrictions on when grant aid can be provided under the Temporary Framework, which differ to the De Minimis Regulations and may mean that your company is not eligible. Aid under the Temporary Framework is only to assist with COVID-19 related difficulties, and your company cannot receive aid if it would have been classed as an 'undertaking in difficulty' as at 31 December 2019.

It is your company's responsibility to check that it is eligible and the aid granted is within the €800,000 total limit. For more information please see:

You must declare using the link above if this grant will take you above the State Aid limit. Any business falsifying their records to gain additional grant money or committing any other fraudulent acts will face prosecution, and any funding awarded will be subject to claw back and become immediately repayable in full. You must retain any paperwork received in connection with your grant award for four years after the conclusion of the UK’s transition from the EU and produce it on any request from the UK public authorities or the European Commission.

State Aid - refusal of grant

Discretionary grant for businesses that are not eligible for other grants

Following the government’s announcement below about discretionary grants for businesses (initially called top up grants) more information is available on our discretionary business grant page.

Government announcement

This additional funding is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. We are asking local authorities to prioritise businesses in shared spaces, regular market traders, small charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief, and bed and breakfasts that pay council tax rather than business rates. But local authorities may choose to make payments to other businesses based on local economic need. The allocation of funding will be at the discretion of local authorities.

Businesses must be small, under 50 employees, and they must also be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures.

There will be three levels of grant payments. The maximum will be £25,000. There will also be grants of £10,000. Local authorities will have discretion to make payments of any amount under £10,000. It will be for councils to adapt this approach to local circumstances.

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 is ensuring eligible businesses receive the increased support in their 2020/21 business rates bills. Where possible, we are utilising data we hold about your business so that the retail discount can be awarded automatically. Revised 2020/21 bills are in the process of being issued 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 can be found on our expanded retail guidance page.

For those businesses where it is not as easy to determine eligibility such as music venues, an online application form is available on our retail discount page.

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.

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. 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. Where possible, we are utilising data we hold about your business so that the nursery discount can be awarded automatically. Revised 2020/21 bills are in the process of being issued advising you of the award.

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

Take a look at the press release issued on 21 April 2020 about how £18 million has already been paid out.

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