Local Newspaper Discount

There is a £1,500 discount for office space occupied by local newspapers. Each title can only get one discount. Extension of the scheme for a further 5 years until 2024-25 was announced in January 2020.

How to apply for Local Newspaper Discount

To apply for local newspaper discount, contact the Business Rates team.

What happens next

Once we've made our decision, we'll let you know, We'll send you a new bill if we decide to give you a discount. We try to make decisions within 2 weeks of getting all the information.

Subsidy control

Discretionary rates relief usually counts as state aid.  Article 364 of the TCA allows an economic actor (e.g. a holding company and its subsidiaries) to receive up to 325,000 Special Drawing Rights (£343,000 as at 9 December 2021) in a three-year period (consisting of the 2022/23 financial year and the two previous financial years).  Expanded Retail Discount granted in either 2020/21 or 2021/22 does not count towards the £343,000 allowance but BEIS business grants (throughout the 3 years) and any other subsidies claimed under the Small Amounts of Financial Assistance limit should be counted.

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Page last reviewed: 09 March 2022