Issue details

OD/19/112 CVS and Commercial Tenants Qualifying for Rent Free Period

Decision to Grant a Three Month Rent Holiday to Community and Voluntary Sector tenants of the Borough Council and specified commercial tenants of the Borough Council.




Coronavirus is placing extreme pressures on many sectors of society. The Government has announced various packages of support in terms of business rate reliefs, grants, loans and hardship funds.


Within the Councils statement issued on 20th March 2020, the following statement was made at point 3 of Community Impact and Volunteering:


“In the event that the authority is given to the Chief Executive and, having already consulted the Leader of the Council and got his full support, the Chief Executive has confirmed that he then intends on 25th March 2020 to decide that all Ipswich Borough Council’s voluntary and community sector tenants and all Ipswich Borough Council’s commercial tenants no longer able to operate due to the direct implications of the decision to close buildings they operate from (made at (1) above) - e.g. the Film Theatre and the coffee shop in the now closed Town Hall and Corn Exchange complex - will be given a three-month rent holiday by the Council covering the period April 1st to June 30th. The Council’s Property Team will make direct contact with all organisations that will benefit from the three month rent free period during next week (week commencing 23rd March 2020). This support is valued at around £100,000.”

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 27/03/2020

Decision due: 25 Mar 2020 by Officer Decision

Consultation process

This statement was pre-agreed by the Leader of the Council and the other relevant Portfolio Holder (Councillor Meudec) was consulted and raised no objections. This statement was circulated to all Councillors on the 20th March and no negative observations have been received to the proposition.


Subsequently, the Monitoring Officer, the Section 151 Officer, the Head of Development, the Property Services Operations Manager, the Leader of the Council (and Property Portfolio Holder) and Councillor Meudec (Communities Portfolio Holder) were consulted prior to making this decision.