Supporting information for non domestic rate bills

Information regarding the gross expenditure of the Council for 2019-20 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.

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 634233.

Page last updated: 14 March 2019
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