Changes to Non-Domestic Rates

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Budget 2020

In the Budget 2020, the Government announced the following:

  • The retail discount was due to be increased from one-third to 50%, and has now been increased to 100%. The discount has also been extended to include businesses within the leisure and hospitality industries
  • Pub relief was due to be reinstated for 2020/21 with a discount of £1,000 for eligible public houses. This discount has been increased to £5,000
  • Funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no Business rates because of Small Business Rate Relief (SBBR). This will provide a one-off grant of £3,000 to businesses currently eligible for SBRR or Rural Rate Relief, to help meet their ongoing business costs

It has been confirmed that the Government will distribute guidance on the new reliefs to Local Authorities on 20 March 2020; the Council will review and publish further information by 24 March 2020.

Transitional Rate Relief and Adjustment

The government introduced a five year transitional rate relief scheme to limit the impact to changes in rate liabilities as a result of the 2017 revaluation.

Transitional Relief is granted if the rateable value of your property changes significantly as a result of revaluation. This relief means that the business rates that you have to pay will increase gradually. If you get this relief, we automatically include this when we work out what business rates you should pay.

To help pay for the limits on increases in bills there are also limits on the reduction in bills known as transitional adjustment. These do not cover changes in rateable value due to

changes to the property. For example, if an extension was built and the rateable value increased you would not be included in the transitional scheme. Transitional Rate Relief Explanation can be assessed here.

Small Business Rate Relief Scheme

On 1st April 2017 the Small Business Rate Relief scheme changed as announced by the government in their budget on 16th March 2016.

Ratepayers of occupied properties with a rateable value of £12,000 or less will be entitled to relief under the scheme of 100%. Further to this, ratepayers of occupied properties with a rateable value of £12,000 to £15,000 will receive tapered relief of between 100% and 1%. The relief would be granted upon receipt of a valid application where all eligibility criteria is met.

Relief for Local Newspapers

On 1st April 2017 the government introduced a £1,500 discount for office space occupied by local newspapers in England, up to a maximum of one discount per local newspaper title and per rated property, and up to state aid limits, for 2 years. This was extended in the Autumn Budget 2018 for a further year to include 2019/2020. This has been extended for a further 5 years until 31st March 2025 in the Ministerial Statement on the 27th January 2020.

Empty Property Exemption

With effect from 1st April 2017 the threshold for an empty property to receive an indefinite empty property exemption whilst it remains unoccupied will increase from £2,599 to £2,899.

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