COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

In accordance with the criteria set out in Government guidance published on 15 December 2021, Solihull Council has determined a local policy for granting relief from its share of the COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) of £1.5 billion, which was established to support businesses affected by the pandemic but not eligible for existing support linked to business rates.

Where the eligibility criteria set out in our policy are met, relief will be 20% of the rate liability for the financial year 2021/22 only after any other reliefs and reductions have been applied.

Where we believe a business is entitled to this relief, we have awarded it automatically. We have issued bills to them showing the uncapped relief of 20%, and written to them to make them aware of this.

This relief is subject to a cash cap. To qualify, a ratepayer must not have claimed over the period 2019/20 to 2021/22 more than £2,243,000 from schemes that fell within the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance or COVID-19 related allowances. COVID-19 business grants received from local government and the 2019/20 Retail Relief should count towards this limit but Expanded Retail Discount received since 1 April 2020 will not. Further details of subsidy control can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Where a ratepayer

  • has more than one property but falls below the cash cap and is entitled to retain this relief, OR
  • has not received this relief but wishes to apply as they believe they meet the criteria

they must complete

Form A: Cash cap and exemption threshold declaration

If a ratepayer has been awarded relief but wishes to refuse it as they have exceeded the cash cap, they must complete

Form B: Refusal of 2021/22 COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund relief

Completed forms should be sent to carf@solihull.gov.uk.

If you need further advice, please call us on 0121 704 8154.