COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)
If your business was operating in the Stafford Borough area on 1 April 2021, has struggled as a result of the covid pandemic but did not qualify for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief or Nursery Discount, a final opportunity to claim a rate reduction is available.
In order to be considered for the rate relief, please submit the simple application form no later than 15 September if your business:
- is based in the Council’s administrative area
- was in occupation and liable for business rates as at 1 April 2021
- can demonstrate that it has been severely impacted by COVID-19
- was not in receipt of the Business Rates Expanded Retail Discount available to businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors
- are not in receipt of Nursery Discount or the Airport and Grounds Operations Support Scheme (AGOSS)
- is not in receipt of 100% relief - small business rates relief, rural rate relief or charitable relief
- is not in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking off order
A severe impact of covid-19 for this purpose will usually mean that the business has suffered a 30% reduction in their income, but other types of detrimental impact may be considered at the discretion of the Council.
The amounts of relief will be calculated and notified to successful applicants between 16 and 30 September 2022.
Please complete the form in order to be considered for the rate reduction.
Business Rates (also known as National Non-Domestic Rates) are a tax on business properties. The tax is set by the government and business rates collected by local authorities are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services. Under the business rates retention arrangements introduced from 1 April 2013, authorities keep a proportion of the business rates paid locally. The money is used to help pay for the services the Council provides.