State aid - relief under the schemes below (except nursery discount) constitutes state aid. Under EU regulations you (or your company) cannot receive more than €200,000 (approximately £180,000) state aid in any three year period. If any award(s), together with all other state aid you may have received in the last two years, exceeds this limit you will not be eligible for these reliefs. Whilst the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, state aid still applies during the implementation period under the negotiated Withdrawal Agreement. Further information on state aid.
In response to the coronavirus the Government announced for 2020/21 only a 100% discount scheme for properties occupied by providers on Ofsted's early years register which are wholly or mainly used for the provision of the early years foundation stage. View the nursery discount scheme for further details.
The discount will be applied automatically where we have been able to identify entitlement. If you qualify for this discount but it is not shown on your bill please contact us.
Pubs discount scheme
The Government announced in the budget on 11 March 2020 a business rate discount for pubs in 2020/21. However, as all qualifying public houses also qualify for the subsequently increased 100% Government's expanded retail discount, pubs discount no longer applies.
Relief for local newspapers
A reduction of £1,500 for office space occupied by local newspapers.
The scheme will run to 31 March 2025.
Read the relief for local newspapers scheme to check you meet the criteria before applying.
If you think you qualify but the relief is not shown on your bill please contact us.
Supporting small business rate relief
This scheme, which will run for five years, supports ratepayers who lost all or part of their small business rate relief following the revaluation. If you qualify for this relief it will be automatically granted.
Eligible ratepayers remain in the scheme for either five years or until they reach the bill they would have paid without the scheme. The scheme means each year your increase as a result of the revaluation is limited to the greater of:
a) a percentage increase of 5% in 2017/18; 7.5% in 2018/19; 10% in 2019/20; 15% in 2020/21 and 15% in 2021/22 (all plus inflation) or
b) a cash value of £600 per year (£50 per month).
For the first year of the scheme the increase is taken against the bill for 31 March 2017 after small business rate relief.
In the first year of the scheme, this means all ratepayers losing some or all of their small business rate relief will see the increase in their bill capped at £600. The minimum increase is £600 per year thereafter. Ratepayers who paid nothing prior to 01.04.17 and are losing all of their entitlement to relief (i.e. moving from £6,000 rateable value or less to more than £15,000) would under this scheme be paying £3,000 in year five.
View the small business rate relief scheme for further details.
Local discretionary scheme
Our local scheme supports eligible ratepayers with a rateable value under £200,000 whose rates solely as a result of revaluation have increased above a set percentage.
In most cases if you qualify for this relief it will be automatically granted. If you think you qualify but the relief is not shown on your bill please contact us.
A local discretionary scheme will run for four years from 2017/18, but the amount of funding from Government will reduce considerably each year. The scheme eligibility criteria and awards will be amended to reflect the amount of funding available. Any award is only for the year it is granted in.
View the local discretionary scheme for further details and the full qualifying criteria.