At the Budget on 3 March 2021, the Chancellor announced that eligible ratepayers in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors will receive a discount on their business rates bills for the year 2021/22 of 100% for the first three months and 66% for the remainder of the year.

In line with the conditions set by central government for the funding of this relief, ratepayers may from the 1st July 2021 onwards only claim up to £2 million of Expanded Retail Discount in the financial year 2021/22, this is based on the coronavirus rules as at the 5th January where hereditaments would have been required to close. £105,000 is available for other eligible properties that remained open (up to a cap of £2 million for all properties). This cash cap applies at a Group company level (so holding companies and subsidiaries cannot claim up to the cash cap for each company) and also to organisations which, although not a company, have such an interest in a company that they would, if they were a company, result in its being the holding company.

As a result the Council have removed relief where a company forms part of a group, if your bill shows no relief past 30 June 21 and believe this is incorrect then please contact the council at

If you have exceeded the cash cap and wish to refuse the Expanded Retail Discount granted in relation to the premises to which your bill relates, you MUST inform the Business Rates team directly at This may be particularly relevant to those premises that are part of a large chain, where the cumulative total of Expanded Retail Discount received could exceed the cash cap.

The government and B&NES Council will not tolerate any business falsifying their records or providing false evidence to gain this discount, including claiming support above the cash cap. A ratepayer who falsely applies for any relief or provides false information or makes false representation to gain relief may be guilty of fraud under the Fraud Act 2006.

If you have not exceeded the above cash cap, you do not need to contact the Council.

Full details on eligibility can be found at:


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