In the Spring Budget the Chancellor announced that three schemes would be introduced to help those ratepayers facing increases in their bills following the revaluation.
Supporting Small Businesses – for those ratepayers facing large increases in their business rates bills as a result of the loss of small business rate relief. From 1 April 2017 the new Supporting Small Business Relief will ensure that the increase per year from 2017/2018 for these ratepayers is limited to a percentage increase of 5%, 7.5%, 10%, 15% and 15% for 2017/2018 to 2021/2022 (plus inflation) or limited to a cash value of £600 per year, whichever is the greater. This has now been automatically applied to accounts affected and revised bills have been issued. If you have not received a revised bill and meet the criteria please complete our online enquiry form.
Relief Scheme for pubs – to provide a discount of £1,000 for pubs that have a rateable value of below £100,000. This has now been automatically applied to accounts which met this criteria and revised bills have been issued. If you have not received a revised bill and meet the criteria please complete our online enquiry form.
Discretionary Relief Scheme – to help businesses facing the steepest increases in their business rates bills as a result of the 2017 revaluation. This scheme is currently under development and once completed the council will take the necessary steps to introduce as quickly as possible.
Transitional relief is designed to help avoid large increases or decreases in bills.
Charities are entitled to relief from rates on any non-domestic property that is wholly or mainly used for charitable purposes.
Rate relief is available to reduce business rates bills for some small businesses.