Decision details

Authority to Implement and administer the Covid 19 Additional Relief Scheme (CARF scheme)

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To seek authority to implement and administer the Covid-19 Additional Relief Scheme which will provide additional business rates support to potentially up to 400 traders in Harrow who fit into the eligible valuation office categories and have not previously received business rates grant support.




(1)            the discretionary “Covid-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF) Scheme” for business rate payers who met the proposed eligibility criteria attached at Appendix 1 to the officer report, be agreed for the year 2021/22; and


(2)            the Director of Finance, following consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Human Resources, may exercise discretion under Section 47 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, (as amended) (hereinafter “LGFA”), in order to operate the approved scheme and determine the percentage level of support once modelling was carried out.


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: 24/06/2022

Date of decision: 23/06/2022

Decided at meeting: 23/06/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 02/07/2022

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