Non-Domestic Rates – Enhanced Hospitality and Leisure Rates Relief Scheme 2021-22
About this guidance
This guidance is intended to support county and county borough councils (local authorities) in administering the Enhanced Hospitality and Leisure Rates Relief Scheme 2021-22 (the Scheme). This guidance applies to Wales only.
This guidance sets out the criteria which the Welsh Government will use to determine the funding for local authorities for grant support provided to large hospitality, leisure and tourism properties. The guidance does not replace any existing non-domestic rates legislation or any other support.
Enquiries about the scheme should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
This support is aimed at businesses and other ratepayers in Wales in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors operating from properties with a rateable value over £500,000.
The Welsh Government will provide grant funding to the relevant local authorities in Wales to provide the support to eligible ratepayers for 2021-22. The scheme aims to provide support for eligible occupied properties by offering a grant equal to a discount of 100% on the non-domestic rates bill for a property, subject to conditions. The scheme will apply to all eligible ratepayers with a rateable value of more than £500,000.
This document provides guidance on the operation and delivery of the scheme.
Enhanced Hospitality and Leisure Rates Relief Scheme 2021-22
How will support be provided?
As this is a temporary measure, we are providing the support by reimbursing local authorities which use their discretionary relief powers under section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988. It will be for individual local authorities to adopt a scheme and decide in each individual case when to provide support under section 47. The Welsh Government will reimburse local authorities for the grant support that is provided in line with this guidance via a grant under section 31 of the Local Government Act 2003 and section 58A of the Government of Wales Act 2006.
How will the support be administered?
Local authorities are responsible for contacting eligible ratepayers, assessing applications received, and amending billing data.
Which properties will benefit from the support?
Properties that will benefit from this support will be occupied hospitality, leisure and tourism properties that have a rateable value of over £500,000 – such as hotels, holiday parks and stadia across Wales.
Grant support should be provided to each eligible business as a reduction to its rates bill based on occupation between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022.
For the avoidance of doubt, hereditaments which closed temporarily due to the government’s advice on Covid-19 should be treated as occupied for the purposes of this support.
As the support is discretionary, local authorities may choose not to provide the support if they consider it appropriate, for example where providing the support would go against the local authority’s wider objectives for the local area.
The total amount of government funded support available for each property will be 100% of the non-domestic rates liability for the 2021-22 financial year subject to two criteria being met.
- Ratepayers can demonstrate that there has been a material negative impact on their business between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.
- The level of support, equal to 100% of the non-domestic rates liability, should not exceed operating costs between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021. If the level of support exceeds operating costs, the amount of support will be equal to the value of the operating costs.
To ascertain whether the criteria have been met, applicants should provide the following information to local authorities.
- Annual turnover information. This should include income from sales as well as revenue from public sources (eg grants, Economic Resilience Fund, or special rental arrangements). The application should also include a declaration that turnover has been negatively impacted by 40% or more as a result of coronavirus restrictions.
- Operating costs (minus staff) between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.
- Details of their business’ current headcount and also planned headcount at 1 April 2022. This should be based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) staff.
- Declarations confirming whether the applicant has received other funding from the Welsh Government and, where appropriate, this can be checked against any Economic Resilience Fund application in terms of existing job safeguard conditions
- A declaration stating whether the applicant has an Economic Contract in place with the Welsh Government. For those that do not, the Welsh Government will work with them to put one in place within a 4-week period of relief being awarded.
- The attached form (Annex 1) should be completed by all eligible ratepayers and local authorities should submit copies of completed forms to the Welsh Government email@example.com
Following the end of the transition period for the United Kingdom leaving the European Union on 31 December 2020, EU State Aid regulations only apply in limited circumstances. As the grant support is not funded by EU residual funds, EU State Aid regulations do not apply for this scheme. As of 1 January 2021, the UK Subsidy Regime came into force. This scheme has been viewed to be outside the scope of any international trade agreements as measures are focused locally within Wales.