Business Rates grants

On March 11 2020, the Chancellor announced in his budget that to combat the COVID-19 crisis businesses getting either Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) or Retail Discount Relief would receive a government grant depending on which relief they were getting.

Eligibility

The Council has identified all of the businesses that would have been eligible for any of these reliefs on 11 March 2020 and have written to them at their business rates correspondence address inviting them to provide specific information in order to apply for the relevant grant.

We have chosen to write to all businesses as it was considered the most effective and therefore quickest way to reach all those that qualify for the grants, as we do not hold email addresses for all businesses. Therefore, we encourage you to respond to the email address shown on the letter, with all the information we have requested, as soon as possible.

If you have responded to the letter there is no need to complete the online form. If you have completed the online form, there is no need to respond to the letter.

Scheme 1

Receiving SBRR = £10,000 grant payment.

Apply for a Small Business Grant

Scheme 2A

Receiving Retail Discount with a rateable value of up to £15,000 = £10,000 grant payment.

Apply for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

Scheme 2B

Receiving Retail Discount (Retail, Hospitality and Leisure) with a rateable value of £15,001 to £50,999 = £25,000 grant payment.

Apply for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant

After you have applied

If you have already applied, please allow up to 15 working days to be either contacted for further information or be paid a grant.

If you have been waiting for more than 15 working days and have either not been paid any grant or not been contacted for further information, your claim has been unsuccessful. The Council has no outstanding claims older than 15 working days to assess.

Due to the high number of unsuccessful claims, the Council will not be writing to each individually to explain the reasons. Instead, a summary of eligibility is given below.

Scheme 1

In order to qualify for a Small Business Grant, you needed to be in rateable occupation of your business premises at 11 March 2020 and to be in receipt of Small Business Rates Relief on your business rates:

 This relief is only available to ratepayers who apply to Wandsworth Council and:

  • Have a Rateable Value of less than £15,000 and

Occupy either:

  • One property, or
  • One main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties each have a rateable value which does not exceed £2,899

One main property and other additional properties providing those additional properties each have a rateable value which does not exceed £2,899.

Scheme 2A and 2B

In order to qualify for a Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant, you needed to be in rateable occupation of your business premises at 11 March 2020 and to be in receipt of Retail Hospitality and Leisure Discount on your business rates.

To qualify for this discount, you must meet specific criteria laid out in the guidance on GOV.UK.

If you have not heard from the Council since making your claim more than 15 working days ago, then it means that you are not eligible for either the Small Business Rate Relief or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Discount and your grant claim has been rejected.

There are no appeal rights on this decision.

If you have been contacted by the Council for further information but have not yet supplied the information requested, please do so as soon as possible so that we may complete our assessment of your claim.

Both the Small Business Grant and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant schemes are still open and the Council encourages further new claims, should you believe your business is eligible for either Small Business Rate Relief or Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Discount on your business rates.

Fraud warning

We have been notified of a potential scam relating to the Business Support Grant programme which has been rolled out across the Borough.

Scammers are contacting businesses which have received grants and telling them that they have been paid in error and must repay the grant immediately using the bank details provided by the scammer.

If you receive any such contact, you should not make a payment.

See the fraudulent email below:

FW: Business Grant Payment Error

Good morning

We recently made a payment of £10,000 to yourself for the business grant you applied for, Unfortunately it has come to our attention that you were not eligible for Small Business Rates Relief, as at 11th march 2020 and there for this makes you ineligible for the business grant.

We would kindly request that you use the attached bank details to return a payment of £10,000 back to ourselves.

We appreciate your help with this matter.

 

Kind Regards

Treasury Management

As is typical, the email contains a number of grammatical errors.