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.  The local newspaper discount is subject to the Minimal Financial Assistance limits under the Subsidy Control Act.  This means no recipient can receive over £315,000 over a 3-year period (consisting of the current financial year and the 2 previous financial years). Extended Retail Discounts granted in 2021-22 do not count towards the limit. Covid business grants received from local government and any other subsidy claimed under the Minimal Financial Assistance or Small Amounts of Financial Assistance limit over the 3-year period should be counted. 

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Contact Business Rates

Contact us

Customer Service Business Rates Team available for telephone enquiries:
Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 13:00

0300 123 5013

Revenues Service
Cheshire East Council
PO Box 622


Page last reviewed: 23 February 2023