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Supporting Information for Non Domestic Rate Bills

The downloads section on the right hand side of this page provides all the documents that are part of the annual Council Tax bill.

Additional Support for Business Ratepayers Spring Budget 2017

The Budget announced a number of measures, which affect Non Domestic Rate bills. These are listed below: 

Supporting Small Businesses

This relief will help those ratepayers who as a result of the change in their rateable value are losing some or all of their small business or rural rate relief and, as a result, are facing large increases in their bills. This relief will ensure that the increase per year in the bills of these ratepayers is limited to the greater of:

  • a cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month). This cash minimum increase ensures that those ratepayers currently paying nothing or very small amounts are brought into paying something, or
  • the matching cap on increases for small properties (with a rateable value of £20,000 or less) in the transitional relief scheme. 

Discretionary Relief Scheme 

Local Authorities in England will be given a share of a £300m discretionary rate relief hardship fund to target individual hardship cases in their local areas. The £300m will cover the four years from 2017/18: 

  • ·£175m in 2017/18
  • ·£85m in 2018/19
  • ·£35m in 2019/20
  • ·£5m in 2020/21 

Local Authorities are awaiting notification of the amounts to be allocated. 

Support for pubs 

The Government has also announced a new relief scheme for pubs that have a rateable value of below £100,000. Under the scheme, eligible pubs will receive a £1000 discount on their bill. Government plans to publish a consultation on the operation of the relief scheme for pubs shortly. The relief will have effect for 2017/18. 

What happens now

We will implement the measures as soon as it is practicable but until precise details of the scheme are known your bill will not be altered. Therefore please continue to make payments based on your current bill. 

When details of the scheme are known further information will be shown on this webpage. 

How to apply

Where possible amended bills will automatically be issued based upon the information that is currently held in the business rate system. 

When we have issued amended bills that information will be displayed on this webpage.