Supporting information for non domestic rate bills

COVID-19: The Chancellor has set out a package of temporary measures to support businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.  

Information regarding the gross expenditure of the Council for 2021-22 is available here. The explanatory notes are also available.  

Additional support for business ratepayers

Spring budget 2017

This 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 

Pub Relief
Pubs with a rateable value up to £100,000 will be able to claim a £1,000 business rates discount for the years 2017/18 and 2018/19.

Relief for local newspapers
Office space occupied by local newspapers can have relief up to £1,500 a year for 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20.

Autumn budget 2018

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

Retail Relief
Provide a business rates retail discount scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 in each of the years 2019/20 and 2020/21. The bill will be reduced by a third after all other relief has been taken into account.

Autumn budget 2019

Retail Relief 

Provide a business rates retail discount scheme for occupied retail properties with a rateable value of less than £51,000 the bill will now be reduced by half for 2020/21 after all other relief has been taken into account.

Pub Relief 

Pubs with a rateable value up to £100,000 will be able to claim a £1,000 business rates discount for the years 2020/21

Relief for local newspapers 

Office space occupied by local newspapers can have relief up to £1,500 a year until 31 March 2025.

Spring Budget 2020

Businesses that are in receipt of Small Business Rate Relief

Businesses receiving Small Business Rates Relief will now get a grant of £10,000 (was previously announced as £3,000).

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors

Shop, pub, theatre, music venue, restaurant and any other business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector will pay no business rates for 12 months.

Businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors, with a rateable value of less than £51,000 will have access to a cash grant of up to £25,000 per business.  

Nursery Discount

Nursery’s on Ofsted’s Early Years register will pay no business rates for 12 months.

Relief for Local newspaper offices

The £1,500 business rates discount for office space used by local newspapers in England will be extended for an additional five years until 31 March 2025. 

Public lavatories

100% business rates relief for stand alone public lavatories in England from April 2020.

Autumn Budget 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID

Additional measures were introduced to help businesses following the second National Lockdown and beyond. 

Spring Budget 2021

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors

The Expanded Retail Discount (2020/21) will be extended for three months for eligible properties, at 100% relief for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. 

From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, the Expanded Retail Discount would apply at 66%.

Nursery Discount

The Nursery Discount 2021 will be extended for three months, at 100% for the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021. 

From 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022 the Nursery Discount would apply at 66% relief. 

Restart Grant

The Council are awaiting clear and detailed instructions from the Government following their announcement. It is understood that this will target specific business sectors.

How to apply

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

If you think you are eligible and have not received an amended bill, call us on 01202 123331.

Page last updated: 18 March 2021
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