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Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund

The government announced new regulations to support businesses entitled to Covid-19 Additional Relief (otherwise known as CARF).

This fund will be available to support those businesses affected by the pandemic but that are ineligible for existing support linked to business rates.

Relief will be granted to businesses using discretionary relief powers under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988.  This means that rather than providing a physical monetary payment, relief will be awarded through business rates accounts via our business rates systems.

Please see CARF government guidance.

Please find further guidance regarding CARF in our policy.

General principles

This relief is payable in the 2021-22 financial year only and cannot be carried over to 2022/23. 

Businesses must have been adversely affected by the pandemic and have been unable to adequately adapt to that impact.

Businesses that have received Expanded Retail relief or Nursery Discount or those which are unoccupied in 2021-22 are ineligible for CARF. 

Reliefs must be awarded after all mandatory and other discretionary reliefs funded by Section 31 grants have been applied.

The ratepayer is not subject to Subsidy Control

Further details on the principles of the CARF can be found in North Warwickshire Borough Council’s policy.

Businesses supported

Guidance has been provided by government of those business sectors that have experienced a financial impact. This information was matched to North Warwickshire Borough Council’s rating list in line with information provided by third party, order to identify individual businesses in each sector.

Sectors such as, Manufacturing and Wholesale are represented, for a full list please refer to the policy for details of the sectors affected within North Warwickshire Borough.

Awarding the relief

Using the information stated above, North Warwickshire Borough Council will be looking at paying direct any business that are eligible. We will only require an application to be completed if we do not hold current information regarding the hereditament/ratepayer, to make the payments.

We will be contacting all business within the government sectors, where we feel may not be eligible to provide information on what is required for the authority to make a payment. This information will be required by the 18 September.

If having made all awards (and after addressing any potential challenges) some of the funding remains unallocated, payments will then be allocated to equally across businesses who we have already identified as evidencing the biggest negative financial impact.

Last updated Thursday, 15th September 2022

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