Retail Relief and Small Business Rate Relief 
 
Slough has amended and applied relief to all the accounts we can at this point, revised bills were dispatched over the weekend 28/29 March 2020. 
 
As the change was made before the direct debits were called no one who is entitled to Retail Relief (apart from below) should have had their direct debit called. 
 
Retail Relief has not been awarded to those companies where they may fall foul of the current State Aid rules while we wait for further guidance from the government in regards to waiving State Aid. 
 
If you believe that you are entitled to Small Business Rate Relief or Retail Relief and have not been awarded this please contact brates@slough.gov.uk stating why you believe this to be the case, please provide the full address of your business and the business rates account number(s). 
 
We are aware that a small number may have been missed at the relief was awarded based on the Valuation Office Agency’s description of the property. 
 
 
Small Business Grants Fund and the Retail and Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund 
 
 
Small Business Grants Fund (£10,000) 
 
Hereditaments (properties) included in this scheme are those which on the 11 March 2020 were eligible for relief under the business rate Small Business Rate Relief Scheme, (RVs below £15,000) eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament. 
The following will be excluded from the grant 
 
• Hereditaments occupied for personal uses. 
• Car parks and parking spaces. 
• businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquation or were dissolved 
 
 
Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant 
 
Hereditaments (properties) which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme 
The awards will be as follows £10,000 for businesses with a rateable value of less than £15,000, and £25,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 but less than £51,000. 
Charities which would otherwise meet this criteria but whose bill for 11 March had been reduced to nil by a local discretionary award will still be considered to be eligible for the RHL grant. Eligible recipients will receive one grant per hereditament. 
 
The following will be excluded from the grant 
 
• Recipients eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund will not be eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant. 
• Hereditaments occupied for personal uses. 
• Car parks and parking spaces. 
• Businesses which as of the 11 March were in liquation or were dissolved 
• Hereditaments with a rateable value of £51,000 or over. 
 
Who this will be paid to 
 
The person who according to our records was the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on the 11 March 2020. 
 
All payments will be made by BACS and therefore we need your bank details, we are also obliged to collect certain details in relation to your company in order to verify the payments, if you could complete the form on our web page we will then be able to make this payment. 
 
Letters have been sent to all businesses we believe are eligible to ask them to complete this but again this is based on the Valuation Office Agency description of the property which could be incorrect so I would encourage anyone who believes they are eligible to complete the form on the web, we may then need to contact them to clarify any issues. 
 
Payments will be made within the next 10 days. 
 
 
Best regards 
 
Revenues and Benefits 
 
 
 
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