News: Business Rates Nursery Discount 2020/21: Coronavirus Response – Local Authority Guidance

Posted on 23rd March 2020

As an extraordinary response to the coronavirus, the Government announced a business rates Nursery Discount on the 18th March 2020 for the financial year 2020/21.

This relief will apply to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21.

There will be no rateable value limit on the relief.

Ofsted will ensure that all local authorities can access the Ofsted Early Years Register to help authorities identify eligible properties.

The document available via the link here provides guidance to authorities about the operation and delivery of the policy. LINK

If you are a nursery provider on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage please contact the Council by email at  No application will be needed but we will need evidence of the provider being on Ofsted’s Early Years Register.

Please note that precepting and billing Authorities cannot apply.  If any nursery provider has any doubt they will qualify please do contact us.

Please do let me know if you need any additional information or clarification

Thank you

Mr Kevin Stewart, FIRRV, MAAT, MCMI

Business Unit Leader Revenues and Benefits, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS

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