Other reliefs

Relief for Local Newspapers

The Government is providing funding to local authorities so that they can award a discount worth up to £1,500 a year from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2025, to office space occupied by local newspapers.

This is up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per property up to state aid limits.

Supporting Small Businesses Relief

The Supporting Small Businesses scheme will help those ratepayers who, as a result of the change in their rateable value at the revaluation, are losing some or all of their small business or rural rate relief and, as a result, are facing large increases in their bills.

In the first year of the scheme, this means eligible ratepayers will see the increase in their bill capped at £600. The cash minimum increase is a further £600 per year thereafter. This means that ratepayers who are currently paying nothing under small business rate relief 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 with stepped increases of £600 per annum in each year prior to that.

We will automatically notify ratepayers who are eligible for this relief.