Issue details

Extended business rate reliefs and support to businesses as a result of the COVID-19 coronavirus

With the approval of the Chairman of Growth, Environment, and Resources Committee, the urgency procedure, special urgency procedure, and waiver of call-in procedure have been invoked to suspend the requirement to publish notice of the decision for 28 days, to suspend the requirement to publish the decision for five days, and to subject the decision to a three day call-in period. These procedures have been invoked to ensure that relief is provided to business in line with Government guidance to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 as soon as possible.

The Cabinet Member:

1. Approved the payment of the various reliefs and grants as requested by government and as set out by the full guidance provided by government departments including the additional categories as referred to in paragraphs 7.4 to 7.5 under the councils discretionary powers;

2. Instructed officers to ensure that the reliefs and payments are processed in accordance with the agreed schemes for the qualifying properties and rebilling takes place at the earliest opportunity and that any further categories as advised by government to be included within the scheme are also processed at the earliest opportunity;

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings greater than £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 02/04/2020

Decision due: 2 Apr 2020 by Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Governance

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Finance and Corporate Governance

Lead director: Executive Director Corporate Services

Department: Corporate Services

Contact: Bruce Bainbridge, Finance Manager Bruce Bainbridge, Email:, 01733 384583 Email:

Consultation process

Relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Consultation is not required but discussions have been held with the Local Taxation section.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee: Growth, Environment and Resources Scrutiny Committee