Spring Budget Reliefs 2017-18

Relief scheme for pubs

This scheme provides a discount of £1,000 for pubs with a rateable value of less than £100,000 and was initially available for 2017/18 only.

In the Autumn Budget 2017 the Chancellor announced that the pubs relief scheme would be extended by a further year so the relief will have effect for 2018/19.

Eligible pubs will be those who:

  • are open to the general public
  • allow free entry (other than when occasional entertainment is provided)
  • allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed
  • permit drinks to be purchased at a bar

How to apply for relief

If your pub is independently owned or managed, and is not part of a chain, we will automatically amend your account and send you a revised rates bill. There is no need to make an application for relief.

If the pub is part of a chain you can still apply for relief up to state aid deminimus limits, but you will need to print off and complete a  public house discretionary relief application form (PDF, 343KB)

State aid rules

Relief for pubs is granted under the Councils discretionary relief powers and discretionary rate relief counts as state aid. The law says you can't have more than €200,000 in state aid (including EU aid) over a rolling three year period. You must tell us if you've had any other state aid.

What happens next

We will assess your application. If you can get the discount, we'll then send you a new bill. If you can't, we'll let you know why.

Supporting Small Business relief (SSB)

This scheme helps small businesses who have lost some or all of their small business rate relief or rural rate relief following the revaluation so that businesses will not see their bill increase by more than £600 per year.

The scheme is to last for 5 years, but the discount will end:

  • when your bill reaches the amount you would have paid without the scheme
  • if the property falls vacant

There is no need to make an application for this relief. If you qualify we will automatically apply the relief to your account and send you a revised bill. If you think you are entitled to the relief but haven’t received it, please contact the Business Rates team.

Any relief awarded under this scheme will be adjusted if there is a change in your circumstances, for example if you vacate the premises or there is an amendment to the rateable value of your premises.

State aid rules

SSB is granted under the Councils discretionary relief powers and discretionary rate relief counts as state aid. The law says you can't have more than €200,000 in state aid (including EU aid) over a rolling three year period. You must tell us if you've had any other state aid.

Discretionary revaluation relief

The discretionary revaluation relief provides support to local small businesses facing an increase in their business rates as a result of the 2017 revaluation. The relief is cash limited based on funding from central government and is subject to state aid limits.

The relief is effective from 1 April 2017 and is available for four years, the amount of relief provided will reduce over the four year period.

Ratepayers will be eligible for this relief if:

  • your business rates have increased by more than £50 as a result of the 2017 revaluation*
  • your rateable value is less than £100,001
  • you are in continuous occupation of the property since 1 April 2017
  • you are not in receipt of any other mandatory relief

* where a full years charge was not made in 2016/17, for example you moved in to the property during the financial year; we will make a comparison assuming a full years rates payable in 16/17 against the rates payable for 17/18. 

For 2017/18 we will award 70% of the increase as a result of the revaluation.

Any relief awarded under this scheme will be adjusted if there is a change in your circumstances, for example if you vacate the premises or there is an amendment to the rateable value of your premises.

How to apply for relief

We will automatically amend your account and send you a revised rates bill. There is no need to make an application for relief. However, if you think you are entitled to the relief but haven’t received it please complete a discretionary revaluation relief application form (PDF, 336KB).

State aid rules

Revaluation relief is granted under the Councils discretionary relief powers and discretionary rate relief counts as state aid. The law says you can't have more than €200,000 in state aid (including EU aid) over a rolling three year period. You must tell us if you've had any other state aid.