Financial Support for Business and Residents

The Local Restrictions Support Grant for those businesses mandated to close during the 16th February to 31st March 2021 period in national lockdown is still open for first-time applicants – repeat payments have been issued to existing eligible applicants. This scheme is for rate-paying non-essential retail; hospitality; accommodation; leisure and sports; entertainment venues; personal care; community centres and halls and closes on the 31st May 2021.

The Government will provide ‘Restart Grants’ for rate-paying non-essential retail businesses, hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care and gym businesses, to enable them to plan ahead and safely relaunch trading over the coming months. The Restart Grants will be open to first-time applicants from the 14 April and the Council will email those businesses that may be eligible for this grant to request further information and confirmation of eligibility by the 16 April. For the moment please do not contact us as we have a lot of businesses to contact and we will be unable to answer your query.

Please note - the Additional Restrictions Grant scheme closed on the 31st March 2021 and will re-open later in April 2021.


We recognise people may be facing financial difficulties as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

The government has announced financial support for businesses with employees as well as for the self-employed.

Everyone who is able to continue to pay should do so, as council tax helps fund many of the services currently in demand such as health and social care.

However, if you are struggling to pay, then please contact us by calling 01229 404242 to speak to one of our customer service advisors.

We know this is a stressful time. Please bear with us as our teams do all they can to support residents and businesses.

Ways we can help 

  • We can reduce your monthly payment by spreading the cost over 12 months, instead of ten.

  • You may also be entitled to help under the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.