FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

26 May 2020

Could you tell me whether breweries are eligible to access the Covid-19 support for businesses operating in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors through your council -- specifically the £25,000 grant, provided they meet the requirements of having a rateable value of less than £51,000, and the year-long business rates exemption.

If only some and not all breweries are eligible for this support, please could you outline the conditions under which a brewery is eligible.


East Herts Council Response

22 June 2020

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

Applications for discount are on a case by case basis and if looking at a brewery we would look to see if it met the criteria as stated in the scheme:

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used:

a. as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues,

b. for assembly and leisure; or

c. as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation.


With regard to the grant guidance states:

Hereditaments which on the 11 March 2020 had a rateable value of less than £51,000 and would have been eligible for a discount under the business rates Expanded Retail Discount Scheme had that scheme been in force for that date are eligible for the grant.


If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.


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Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Telephone 0303 123 1113


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Thank you for your request.