Changes to Non-Domestic Rates

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The Chancellors Budget 22nd November 2017

In the Autumn 2017 Budget the Chancellor confirmed that the government would bring forward the planned switch in the indexation of business rates from RPI to the main measure of inflation (currently CPI) by two years to April 2018. This will apply to bills from 1 April 2018.

The Chancellor also announced that the Pub relief Scheme will be extended for a further year into 2018/19. Qualifying Pubs will continue to receive a £1,000 discount on their bill for 2018/2019. 

The Chancellor’s Budget 8th March 2017

In the March 2017 Budget, the Chancellor announced further support for businesses facing significant increases in bills from the English business rates system. This includes:

  1. Support for small businesses losing Small Business Rate Relief to limit increases in their bills to the greater of £600 each year.
  2. Support providing English local authorities with funding to support £300 million of discretionary relief, to allow them to provide support to individual hardship cases in their local area.
  3. The government will also introduce a £1,000 business rate discount for public houses with a rateable value of up to £100,000, subject to state aid limits for businesses with multiple properties, for one year from 1 April 2017.

Any one affected by these changes has been contacted and amended demands have been issued to those ratepayers who qualify however if you feel that you may qualify please refer to ‘Business Rate relief’ section of this website for further details and information on how to apply.

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.

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.

Page last updated: 30/08/2018