Thurrock Council will be playing its part in helping the borough's businesses as they face uncertainty caused by coronavirus by deferring all business rate bills a month from April until May.
Cllr Shane Hebb, Cabinet member for finance said: "We will be working with the government to make sure that Thurrock businesses will get all the help and support they can from the welcome package of measures which have been announced by the government.
"But we are going further than this and will make sure that our local businesses get the breathing space they need while the government's plans are put in place. We have decided that all direct debits for business rates scheduled to be taken in April will be deferred until May.
"This will help our local businesses in the short term while the government puts its new relief scheme in place.
"This is an unprecedented situation but we are taking unprecedented action and doing all we can to make sure that our business are supported as measures are taken to keep our residents safe."