How do I get the government £3,000 coronavirus grant?
UPDATED: The government has announced small businesses that already pay little or no business rates will be eligible for a one-off coronavirus grant worth up to £3,000.
For a commercial property with a rateable value of £12,000, this is one quarter of its rateable value, or comparable to three months of rent.
Around 700,000 businesses in England currently eligible for Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR) or Rural Rate Relief can apply for the emergency funding.
The additional £2.2bn of funding for local authorities who collect business rates is part of a package of fiscal measures to help small business survive the coronavirus pandemic.
However, it is not yet clear how businesses will access the grants.
And the £3,000 coronavirus grant only applies to small business in England. Business rates in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are set by their devolved administrations.
This comes on top of the government announcing in the 11 March Budget that companies in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will not pay any business rates this year. This includes hotels, restaurants and coffee bars.
The discount that pubs receive on their business rates will increase from £1,000 to £5,000, as long as their rateable value is below £100,000 in England.
In total, around 900,000 properties, or 45 per cent of all business premises in England, will not pay rates in 2020-21.
The government will also review the long-term future of business rates, a property tax which many say is unfair given the rise of online shopping and out-of-town retail parks.
This page will be continually updated as more information from government and local authorities becomes available.
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