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Rate relief

Business rates April 1 2020 to March 31 2021

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Expanded Discount April 1 2020 to March 31 2021

In March 2020 the Government announced measures to limit the spread of coronavirus. They expanded the existing Retail Discount scheme to 100% relief for all eligible properties in the retail, hospitality and leisure sector for this financial year (until 31 March 2021). This relief is not subject to State Aid rules.

Eligibility

You are eligible if your property is a:

  • shop
  • restaurant, café, bar or pub
  • cinema or live music venue
  • assembly or leisure property, for example, a sports club, a gym or a spa
  • hospitality property, for example, a hotel, a guest house or self-catering accommodation

We have identified the businesses we believe are eligible for Expanded Retail Discount  and it will  show on their bills. If the discount is not showing on your bill, but you believe you are eligible, please contact us.

New Pub Discount April 1 2020 to March 31 2021

In January 2020 the Government announced a new discretionary relief scheme for pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000. Under the scheme eligible ratepayers would have received an additional £1,000 business rates discount, subject to State Aid rules.

This initiative has been replaced by the Expanded Retail Discount scheme, announced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which provides 100% relief to all public houses for the current financial year.

Retail Discount increase April 1 2020 to March 31 2021

In January 2020 the Government announced its intention to increase Retail Discount from one third to a half for the 2020-2021 financial year. Under the scheme retail premises with a rateable value less than £51,000 would have receive a 50% business rates discount, subject to state aid rules.

This initiative has been superseded by the Expanded Retail Discount scheme, announced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, which provides 100% relief to eligible properties in the retail, hospitality and leisure sections.

Rate relief following the 2017 revaluation

The rateable values of all non-domestic properties were reassessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA); the new values came into effect from 1 April 2017. 

The Government has funded two reliefs to help reduce the impact of business rate increases following the revaluation. The ratepayer must have been in occupation on 31 March 2017 to qualify for this relief.

  • The Supporting small businesses scheme is for small businesses which, as a result of the revaluation, lost some or all of their small business rate relief or rural rate relief and were facing an increase in their bill of over £600.00 in 2017
  • The £300 million discretionary relief fund was made available nationally. Payable over 4 years, it enables billing authorities to support businesses facing the steepest increases in their Business Rates. our scheme has been designed to help businesses with a rateable value of less than £200,000 who were facing an increase in their bill of over £600.00 in 2017