Government confirms it considers business rates retail relief to be compliant with State Aid - Update 6 April

NB This page was updated on Monday 6th April to include reference to the EU's press release confirming the Commission's approval of the UK's Covid-19 tax and loan support scheme

Following intensive lobbying from the BRC for clarity over this issue, the Government has today confirmed that it considers the 100% retail business rates relief to be compliant with the EU's State Aid framework. It's revised guidance to local authorities says the following:

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