Decision details

2021-22 Discretionary Retail Relief Scheme

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To agree to adopt, for the year 2021/22, a local discretionary “Retail Relief scheme” for business rate payers who may be eligible.




(1)          the discretionary “Retail Relief scheme” & “Nursery Discount scheme” (at Appendix 1) for eligible business rate payers, be adopted for the year 2021/22;


(2)          the Corporate Director of Resources be authorised to exercise discretion under Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, (as amended) (hereinafter “LGFA”) in order to operate the above scheme which followed MHCLG’s guidance contained in their letter to local authorities date January 2021.


Reason for Decision:  To ensure Harrow Council’s eligible business ratepayers received the maximum amount of centrally funded relief that could be claimed and to ensure the Council supported the local economy.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:  As set out in the report.


Conflict of Interest relating to the matter declared by Cabinet Member/Dispensation Granted:  None.

Report author: Director of Finance

Publication date: 28/05/2021

Date of decision: 27/05/2021

Decided at meeting: 27/05/2021 - Cabinet

Effective from: 08/06/2021

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