Business Rates hardship relief

Any business can apply for hardship relief if they can show the following:

  • The business would suffer hardship or cease to trade if relief was not granted and
  • It is in the interests of Council Tax payers for relief to be granted.

Relief may only be granted for a period within the current financial year and is subject to review.

Following the 2010 revaluation the Council has introduced a new scheme for one year only, to assist smaller businesses who are struggling to pay the increase in business rates.

Information you supply to apply for hardship relief

An application needs to be supported by current trading figures as well as previous audited accounts or accounts accepted by the Inland Revenue.

In assessing an application regard will be had to employment issues for your or any related business and the impact that the loss of your business would have on the local area.

As this is a discretionary power there is no formal appeal process against our decision.

You must continue to pay your Business Rates whilst the application is being considered and any overpayments will be refunded as necessary.

Application form

Download the Hardship Relief application form