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COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund to help small businesses

Wirral businesses who have been negatively affected by the pandemic are being invited to apply for a new business rate relief. 

This is not a grant but a reduction in the amount of rates payable for 2021/22. Businesses can apply even if they have already paid their 2021/22 bill.

To qualify, businesses must not have received business rates relief previously. This includes Expended Retail Leisure and Hospitality relief and applies to 2021/2022 only. The fund replaces the right to request a reduction in business rates on the grounds that COVID-19 has altered circumstances and made the rateable value of the property inaccurate. 

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2022 and businesses are being asked to apply as soon as possible. 

To apply, each business will need to complete an online application form and provide the following information:

  • the name of the business rate payer
  • the business address 
  • the rateable value of the business
  • the number of employees
  • percentage adverse effect of the pandemic on income for 2021/2022
  • accounts that show the adverse effect
  • confirmation the business has not exceeded subsidy limits.

For information on eligibility criteria, and to apply for the fund, click here.