Relief and reductions

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The Rating (Coronavirus) and Directors Disqualification (Dissolved Companies) Act 2021 received Royal Assent on 15 December 2021.

As a result of this new legislation, Hillingdon Council had received a £12.6 million share of the £1.5 billion fund made available to support businesses that have been affected by the pandemic, but which were ineligible for the existing business rate support via the Expanded Retail Discount and Nursery Support Scheme.  

The scheme is known as COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF).

Please note: Businesses entitled to the Airport and Ground Operation Support Scheme (AGOSS) operated by the Department for Transport will not be eligible to receive further support via CARF. 

We were required to design and approve a local scheme for the distribution of this fund to local business. We initially applied 80% of the GVA percentage to allow a fund for businesses that wish to request a review of the sector indicators provided by the VOA on which the allocation is based. We considered any applications for a review of the relief and notified applicants of our decision.

Following the closure of this review, we have now redistributed the total £12.6 million fund to the qualifying businesses. This is in the form of an amended bill with revised instalments. 

Revised percentages applied to each business sector

SIC code

Definition

Redistributed Award

B

Mining and Quarrying

8%

C

Manufacturing

10%

G

Wholesale and Retail

8%

I

Hospitality

62%

J

Information and Communication

7%

M

Professional Services

8%

N

Administrative Services

24%

P

Education

23%

R

Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

38%

X

J-N: Information, Communication, Financial Intermediation, Real Estate and Business Services

7%

Transport 

37% 

 

Full details of the scheme can be found in the  Guidance for COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund MP (PDF) [178KB].

Page last updated: 07 Sep 2022