Business rates

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

The government has provided a COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) to support businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but not eligible for other support linked to business rates.

This relief is discretionary, and the fund is limited, which means relief can be provided only while funding is available.

How we are sharing this fund

Between 11 April 2022 and 23 May 2022, and between 12 July 2022 and 11 October 2022, we invited applications, offering the relief on a first come, first served basis.

The application periods have now closed. We will distribute the remainder of the fund among businesses that:

  • had not submitted COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund applications before 30 September 2022
  • between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 were in continuous occupancy of a property in Thurrock with a rateable value under £100,000 as at 31 March 2022, other than when closed temporarily due to government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • had a remaining business rates charge to pay after discounts and exemptions
  • had not been eligible for relief in 2021 through the 'Extended Retail Discount' or 'Expanded Retail Discount and Nursery Discount' schemes
  • are considered likely to have been in sectors worst affected by the pandemic
  • are not likely to breach subsidy allowances
  • are not now in administration, insolvent or subject to a striking-off notice

If your business is eligible for a share of fund, you do not need to apply.

We will use information from our business rates records to calculate the amount of relief your business will be awarded. Relief will be shared between businesses proportionately, based on the amount of business rates each business pays.

Revised business rates bills

If your business is eligible for this relief, we will send you a revised business rates bill.

You must let us know if your business is not eligible for the award of this relief to be made.