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COVID – 19 Business Rates Support

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For more information about the help and support available to businesses during the Coronavirus (Co-Vid 19) outbreak please click here.

The Scottish Government has recently made an announcement on new measures to limit the impact of COVID-19 on the business community in Scotland.  In terms of business rates the announcement highlights that the following steps will be put in place to support businesses during the 2020-21 financial year:

  • a full year’s 100% non-domestic rates relief for retail, hospitality and tourism
  • £10,000 grants for small businesses in receipt of the Small Business Bonus Scheme or Rural Relief
  • £25,000 grants for hospitality, leisure and retail properties with a rateable value between £18,000 and £51,000
  • 1.6% relief for all properties, effectively freezing the poundage rate next year
  • First Minister to convene an emergency meeting of the Financial Services Advisory Board
  • Urging local authorities to relax planning rules to allow pubs and restaurants to operate temporarily as takeaways
  • Extended the go live date for the deposit return scheme to July 2022
  • Halting the introduction of the Visitor Levy Bill

As yet, we do not have the detail of how this will be administered so any reductions you may be entitled to will not be reflected on your 2020/2021 rates bill due to be issued early April 2020.  As soon as we are in a position to do so, a revised bill will be issued which will reflect any reductions and any amended instalment plan.

No formal recovery will take place on Non-Domestic Rates 2020/2021 bills until October.  However, if you are experiencing difficulties in paying your bill even after the any reductions have been applied please get in touch.  We may be able to assist further by extending instalment plans or deferring instalments.

To get in touch Please click on the “contact us “ button below.

If you receive a recovery notice for non domestic rates for years 2019/20 or earlier and are experiencing financial difficulties due to the coronavirus then please use the contact details above to see if we can assist.