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COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund

The COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) scheme provides help businesses affected by the pandemic which had been ineligible to receive other Covid-related business rate reliefs. The scheme will apply to the 2021/22 financial year.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for relief under this scheme, a ratepayer must have been liable for business rates on 15 December 2021 and be able to demonstrate that they have been adversely affected by the pandemic having found it difficult to adapt to the changing environment.

In assessing applications, St Helens Borough Council will consider the following:

  • The nature of business and how severely it has been impacted by the pandemic
  • The purpose of the hereditament, its use and the number of employees directly working at the premises
  • The size of the business including the rateable value of hereditament

Priority will be given to local micro, small and medium sized enterprises which have been most severely impacted by the pandemic, including manufacturing, wholesalers and supply chain businesses which directly support the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Ineligible businesses

In accordance with government guidance the following businesses will be ineligible to receive relief under this scheme:

  1. Ratepayers that have received, or are eligible to receive, expanded retail discount (available to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors) or nursery (childcare) discount.
  2. Unoccupied hereditaments. (Hereditaments that are temporarily closed due to government advice will be treated as occupied for rate relief purposes).
  3. Billing authorities and other precepting authorities in accordance with legislation.
  4. The ratepayer has exceeded subsidy control (state aid) limits, see section 6 below.

Please read before applying

You should complete a separate application form in respect of each property you wish to claim relief for. Applications will need to clearly demonstrate what the hereditament is used for and how the business has been severely impacted by the pandemic. 

After submitting your application you may be asked to supply further information (e.g. Constitution, Articles of Association) and recent financial statements (or financial forecasts) to support you application where applicable.

You will also need to confirm that you have not exceeded subsidy control (state aid) limits and will comply with the government's transparency requirements.

Apply for COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund