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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

How do I find out if I'm eligible for Business Rates retail discount?

Find out about Business Rates retail discount being increased to 100% for one year and expanded to the leisure and hospitality sectors (including pubs).

The government will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by West Berkshire Council as soon as possible.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

  • your business is based in England
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied properties that are wholly or mainly being used:

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues
  • for assembly and leisure
  • as hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation

There is no action for you. This will apply to the bill for the year from April 2020

If having read the guidance you're not sure if it applies to your business you can obtain further advice by sending an email to: businessrates@westberks.gov.uk. We will respond as quickly as we can but please bear with us.

Please note - the Business Improvement District Levy is not included in this relief.


You can read more information relating to COVID19 and businesses here.