Ealing Council is giving 650 businesses rate relief totalling more than £187,000 to help them cope with hardship caused by last month’s riots.
All small, local businesses which suffered direct damage and that already received a £1,200 disturbance allowance will automatically be given one month of their annual business rates for free.
Other businesses in Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, South Ealing and Ealing Common that suffered from disruption but did not receive direct damage will be given one week free, with the discount capped at £500.
Council Leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “The days after the riots were unbelievably hard for many businesses and not just those that suffered direct damage. Some were unable to open because they were inside the police cordon and many more had to close early or suffered other disruption.
“The riot certainly caused hardship, so it’s only right that we award these discounts to help traders. I’m pleased we’ve been able to take a common sense approach and just issued revised bills, instead of insisting on a form-filling exercise. For some businesses the riot could make the difference between profit and loss, so I know this discount will really help some of those who are struggling.”