COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

Last Updated: 20 January 2022

The government has announced plans to provide an additional business rates support package, worth £1.5 billion, to support businesses in England affected by Covid-19 but are not eligible for existing support linked to business rates.

On 15 December 2021, guidance on this scheme was provided to billing authorities.

The relief is available to reduce chargeable amounts in respect of 2021/22 and those eligible for inclusion in the scheme are:

  1. ratepayers with a business rates occupied charge to pay after the deduction of other reliefs, subject to subsidy limits. and;
  2. who don’t receive or are eligible for Retail Discount or Nursery Discount in 21/22. and;
  3. who have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

The relief cannot be used to reduce empty rate charges.

The council is now working to devise a scheme that meets the guidance criteria without exceeding the funding it has been provided for it.

Further information will follow.