Support for businesses and self-employed workers
We realise that this is a challenging time for many people who are self-employed and for some local businesses. Some businesses are already being badly affected by the coronavirus situation, such as pubs, restaurants, hotels, etc.
At Dorset Council, we are awaiting guidance from government which is expected later this week about how we will be able to provide support during this difficult time.
In addition, the chancellor recently announced as part of the 2020 Budget that business rates will be suspended over the coming year for many retail, leisure and hospitality firms. Companies with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will be eligible for the tax holiday. This includes shops, cinemas, restaurants and hotels, and is part of a package of “extraordinary” measures to support the UK economy in the face of disruption from the coronavirus outbreak.
Dorset Council is sending out revised business rate bills in line with this.