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COVID Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The Government announced that CARF support would be made available to eligible businesses who had been adversely affected by Covid-19 and unable to adapt adequately to the impact. Each Council was given limited funding and had to determine their own scheme.

CARF is a direct reduction in the business rates liability for the 2021/22 financial year.

A letter inviting an application will be sent to all businesses that may qualify for CARF support. 

Applications close on 31 May 2022. If you have not received your letter by 10 May 2022 and believe that you meet the qualifying criteria, please email businessrates@gateshead.gov.uk and title the email CARF. You will need to quote your Business Rates account number. 

When the applications close we will assess eligible applications and will determine the percentage of relief that can be applied. The level of relief awarded may be capped depending on the number of successful applications.

Eligibility and exclusions

Under the Gateshead Council scheme, to qualify, eligible businesses must satisfy the following:

  • The business must be currently liable for business rates and have been liable in the 2021/22 financial year. Businesses who took up occupation after 1 April 2021 and are still in occupation can still apply.
  • The business must have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The premises must have been occupied throughout, with the exception of where a business was closed on a temporary basis due to Government advice on Covid-19.
  • The business must not have been, or be currently, in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made or a business that entered into a CVA or IVA during the 2020-21 or 2021-22 financial years. 
  • A business must not have already received financial support equal to the maximum amount permitted under Subsidy allowances
  • The business must have had a charge to pay in 2021/22 so cannot be in receipt of any of the following reliefs:
    • Small Business Rate Relief (100%)
    • Charitable relief (100%)
  • Businesses in receipt of Expanded Retail Relief in 2021/22 are excluded.
  • Businesses that are liable for the rate charge for rating assessments which do not directly employ anyone such as advertising rights, communication masts, communication stations, ATMs, car parks, independent distribution network operators, utilities, networks, power, sponsored roundabouts, and similar rating assessments are excluded.
  • Public bodies such as Government departments, legislative bodies, the armed forces, Local Authority occupied assessments and owned companies, Parish Councils, NHS and Foundation Trusts, Fire, Police, Maintained Schools, Academy Schools and Further / Higher Education institutions are excluded. 
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