Rate bills for 2020-21 were due to be issued in April 2020. To avoid placing financial pressure on ratepayers affected by COVID-19, rate bills will not be issued until June 2020.

This will happen automatically. Ratepayers do not need to request to have their rate bill deferred until June 2020.

When rate bills issue in June 2020, ratepayers can still choose to pay their bill in monthly instalments between June 2020 and March 2021.

Monthly Direct Debit payment plans will be automatically updated to collect payments between June 2020 and March 2021.

Rates holiday for businesses

There will be a three-month rates holiday for all business ratepayers, excluding public sector and utilities.

This means that no rates will be charged for April, May and June 2020, thereby reducing the 2020-21 annual rate bill by 25 per cent. This reduction will also be given automatically and does not need to be paid back.