Business Rates reductions and relief

Expanded Retail Discount and Nursery Discount

In the Chancellor’s budget on 3 March 2021 it was announced that the Government would provide additional business rates support for eligible retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses in England occupying a qualifying property.

The Expanded Retail Discount will be extended for 3 months for eligible properties at 100% relief (uncapped) for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

Following this a further relief scheme will be determined from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022. The Expanded Retail Discount will apply at 66% relief for eligible properties in the scheme, with a cash cap of £2m for businesses that were required to close as at 5 January 2021, and up to £105,000 for business permitted to open at that date.

The Nursery Discount 2021 will also be extended for three months, at 100% (uncapped) for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.  From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the further relief scheme for the Nursery Discount will be 66% relief for eligible properties, with a cash cap of £105,000.

We have awarded businesses that we believe qualify for this discount according to our records to date and this has been applied to the 2021 – 22 business rates bill.

For the Expanded Retail Discount 2021/22 and Nursery Discount 2021/22, businesses may choose to opt out of per eligible property. If you wish to refuse this discount please email us at

The Government has issued guidance on the operation of the schemes:

This relief will be delivered through local authority discretionary discount powers (under section 47(3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988).

Apply for Retail and Nursery discount