Budget 2021: Business rates holiday extended to June

Non-essential retail businesses will receive grants of up to £6,000 per premises, as they will be allowed to open first. Hospitality and leisure businesses, including personal care and gyms, will get grants of up to £18,000, because they will stay closed for longer and will be more affected by restrictions.

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