Additional support and relief
Heat Network Relief
In the Spring Statement 2022 the Chancellor announced that Heat Network Relief would be applied to separately rated hereditaments that are wholly or mainly used for the purposes of a heat network and who expect over the next 12 months the heat to be generated from a low carbon source. For the 2022/23 financial year, the relief was delivered using local government discretionary powers under Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988. This approach has been extended to the 2023/24 financial year. For further information please visit Business rates heat network relief: local authority guidance 2022-23 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).
The Council has implemented a discretionary relief policy to help businesses facing a large rate increase following business rates revaluation. You can also find information on the Council's community grants scheme here.
COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)
The CARF was a discretionary scheme to support businesses affected by the pandemic but that were ineligible for existing support linked to business rates. It was not open to businesses that received the expanded retail discount. Any discretionary relief granted was to reduce the chargeable amounts in respect of the rates year 2021/22.
It was up to each local Council to adopt a local scheme and determine in each individual case whether, with regard to the Government guidance and each local Council's scheme, to grant relief under section 47. The relief was available to reduce chargeable amounts in respect of 2021/22.
Those entitled to this relief were automatically awarded based on Broxbourne Borough Council's scheme and a revised bill was sent. The scheme is now closed and no further applications can be made.