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Discretionary Grant Fund

The Government is making additional funding available to allow us to further support Small Businesses. This money is in addition to the Small Business Grants Funds and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund announced last month.

There has been a recent announcement by The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding a Discretionary Grant Fund to "top-up" the local Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Scheme.

We appreciate the extremely difficult position that businesses find themselves in and the Council is committed to distributing this new grant funding in as fair and equitable way as possible.

In line with government guidance, Erewash Borough Council’s priority is to assist in protecting jobs at those businesses which have suffered losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligibility

In order for your business to qualify for the grant, you must provide evidence that you meet ALL of the following criteria i.e. your business must:

  • Have been trading on 11 March 2020.
  • Be small, with no more than 50 employees.
  • Have relatively high ongoing fixed property and related costs.
  • Be able to demonstrate that the business has had a significant drop of income due to Coronavirus restriction measures. Businesses unable to demonstrate a reduction in income of 20% or more due to the COVID-19 crisis will not be eligible to apply.

Prioritised for these types of business

In order to ensure all eligible businesses have the opportunity to apply for the scheme, the Council will administer a rolling approach to the grants scheme with phased reviews as appropriate. Initially the focus will be on those businesses that fall within the priority areas set out in the Government guidance and meet the eligibility criteria and evidence requirements set out above i.e. businesses falling within the following categories:

  • Small businesses in shared offices or other flexible workspaces. Examples could include businesses in mills, units in industrial parks, science parks and incubators which do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent, who do not have their own business rates assessment.
  • Bed & Breakfasts which pay Council Tax instead of business rates.
  • Charity properties in receipt of charitable business rates relief which would otherwise have been eligible for Small Business Rates Relief or Rural Rate Relief.

Other businesses

The Council will however also consider applications from any other business that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis and can demonstrate significant ongoing property and related costs.

Ineligible businesses

Businesses which are eligible for the other central government COVID-19 related schemes, regardless of whether they have applied, will be ineligible for this grant.  However, businesses who have applied for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are eligible to apply for this scheme. Businesses who are eligible for the Self-Employed Income support scheme (SEISS) are also eligible to apply for this scheme.

Application Process

Guidance for applications to Erewash Borough Council for Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund. 

The closing date for applications was Monday 22 June 2020.

Please contact us by sending an email to localbusinessgrants@erewash.gov.uk if you have any queries regarding the scheme.

Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund Scheme

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Government has announced that it will provide additional business rate support to businesses.  We were made aware of the temporary measures after the Annual Bills had already been posted.  Updates and guidance from Central Government is being received on a regular basis. 

The temporary measures are being introduced and all Ratepayers who already had a direct debit set up have automatically been paid the grant.

An Online Form is available on the website to enable businesses to complete a declaration and provide bank details.  This form should be completed by businesses that consider that they are eligible for the grant and also by those that have already been paid the £10,000 or £25,000 payment.

The grant is not a loan and does not need to be paid back.  More detailed information regarding help with your business rates is on the Reductions page of our website.

Business Rates - Let us know you've moved in/out

National Non-Domestic Rates (NNDR), or Business Rates, are collected by local authorities and the income raised goes towards the cost of local services.

Please use the links for further information.

If you are either moving into or moving out of a property in our area, please complete the following online form:

Apply for a Refund

If you have received a demand notice that has a credit balance, please complete the following online form:

Leaflets

Copies of the Erewash Borough Council Guide to Council Tax and Business Rates for 2015/16, 2016/17,2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, containing details of gross expenditure and other financial information, can be viewed below:

Further information regarding Business Rates is included in the following:

The Derbyshire County Council Information Leaflet for 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21, containing details of gross expenditure and other financial information can be viewed below:

Information on the services provided for and on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire for 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 can be seen below:

Information on the spending plans of the Derbyshire Fire Service for 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 can be seen by following the links below:

Information on Severn Trent/The Environment Agency for 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21 can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

If you have any queries regarding your bill, have not yet received it or want to discuss a payment arrangement please contact the Revenues Section.

E-mail address: businessrates@erewash.gov.uk

The Revenues Section has a Debt Recovery Protocol which can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

What is the Rateable Value of the property?

Apart from properties that are exempt from Business Rates, each non-domestic property has a rateable value which is set by the valuation officers of the Valuation Office Agency (VOA), an agency of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. They draw up and maintain a full list of all rateable values, available on their website.

The rateable value of your property is shown on the front of your bill. This broadly represents the yearly rent the property could have been let for, on the open market, on a particular date. For the revaluation that came into effect on 1st April 2017, this date was set as 1st April 2015.

The VOA may alter the value if circumstances change. The ratepayer (and certain others who have an interest in the property) can also appeal against the value shown in the list if they believe it is wrong. Further information about the grounds on which appeals may be made and the process for doing so can be found on the VOA website or from your local valuation office.

Postal enquiries may be sent to:

The Valuation Officer for Erewash Borough Council, Valuation Office Agency, Durham Customer Service Centre, Wycliffe House, Green Lane, Durham, DH1 3UW.

The main switchboard number to be used for the VOA is 03000 501 501.  Lines are open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm.

You can view and confirm the details held about your property on the VOA Website

You can contact the VOA by clicking on Contact VOA

Revaluation 2017

The VOA compiled the latest Rating List with effect from 1 April 2017.  You can go online to review your rateable value by clicking on VOA revaluation 

Business Rates are charged on most commercial buildings, such as shops, offices, pubs, warehouses and factories.  However, the property does not have to be used as a business - if it is used for purposes which are not domestic, it is likely to be rateable.  We will send you a Business Rates bill every year.

The VOA sets the rateable value of business premises by using property details such as rental information.  We use the rateable value and the Business Rates multiplier (set by central government) to calculate your Business Rates bill.   A property's rateable value is an assessment of the annual rent the property would rent for if it were available to let on the open market at a fixed valuation date.  From 1 April 2017, the rateable values are now based on the valuation date of 1 April 2015. 

The VOA regularly reassesses and updates the rateable values of all business properties, by means of a revaluation. This is done to maintain fairness in the system by redistributing the total amount payable in Business Rates, reflecting changes in the property market. A revaluation does not raise extra revenue overall. 

For more information on the 2017 revaluation, rateable values, and Business Rates go to the Gov.UK website 

Further information regarding other changes to Business Rates that came into force after April 2017 is available on the Reductions page of our website.

Rating Advisers

Ratepayers do not have to be represented in discussions about their rateable value or their rates bill.

Appeals against rateable values can be made free of charge. However, ratepayers who do wish to be represented should be aware that members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation are qualified and are regulated by rules of professional conduct designed to protect the public from misconduct. Before you employ a rating adviser, you should check that they have the necessary knowledge and expertise, as well as appropriate indemnity insurance. Take great care and, if necessary, seek further advice before entering into any contract.

Business Rates Reduction Scams Warning

Erewash Borough Council are warning local businesses to be aware of 'reduction' firms who are conning local businesses. In exchange for large fees, businesses are led to believe they will get their Business Rates reduced on appeal.

When the new rates are applied to business premises, we get complaints about rogue firms who deliberately target businesses whose rates have increased. They may charge fees of up to 45% commission to make an appeal against the revaluation.

Our advice to businesses is to say no to firms who cold call offering to initiate a rating appeal. Their contracts are often carefully worded and don't match up to a verbal promise the salesperson may make. Once you've signed a contract, you will normally have no automatic right to cancel.  Get advice from the local Valuation Office before you agree to anything. 
 
Our advice is for businesses to be very cautious of claims from companies that say they can secure big reductions in Business Rates. Ask for written confirmation of such claims and if the company refuses, stay well clear.

Always be suspicious if asked to pay large sums of money up front, especially for something that you can actually instigate yourself. 

Freedom Of Information - Business Rates Credits

Please note that Erewash Borough Council no longer publishes information about Business Rates accounts that currently have credit balances.

Information in respect of credit balances is considered exempt under section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (prevention or detection of crime). 

Following the decision of the Information Commission in respect of a request made to Wandsworth Council for credit balances, we believe that its disclosure could result in fraudulent refund claims being made and there are also additional costs that such fraud places on the public purse.

There is a public interest in ensuring the transparency and efficiency of Council business, however, there is considered to be very limited wider public interest.  Accordingly, the Council feels that the public interest in disclosing the information requested is outweighed by the public interest in preventing the risk of fraudulent claims being made.

Erewash Borough Council

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