One of the financial measures announced in response to COVID-19 is the launch of the government’s Expanded Retail Discount Scheme.
Regardless of their rateable value, certain organisations will obtain 100% business rates reliefs (England only at present) in 2020/21, regardless of their rateable value. You can view the official government guidance on this here.
This will include certain hereditaments operated by charities, including charity shops, museums, galleries, theatres, coffee shops/cafes, community halls, sport & leisure facilities, live venues, tourist attractions, clubs/clubhouses and institutions used for the assembly of visiting members of the public. This discount is applied after the mandatory charity business rates relief.
Following discussions with the European Commission, the government has advised local authorities that the Expanded Retail Discount Scheme is not a state aid and the relief should be applied to all eligible properties.