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COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The government announced a new fund on 15 December 2021, the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF).

This is not a grant. It is a relief applied to Business Rate accounts for the financial year 2021/22 only. It has been devised to align reliefs to key sectors in the council’s Economic Development Strategy, specifically manufacturing and engineering businesses and also includes Language Schools.

You did not need to apply for this relief. It was applied automatically to businesses who met the eligibility criteria. New bills were issued earlier this year to reflect the relief, but in accordance with government guidelines, this relief closed to new applications on 30 September 2022

If you have not received an amended bill and you consider your business met the eligibility criteria, please contact the relevant team below. Please title your email "CARF".