In the Autumn Budget 2018, the Government announced a new relief scheme for retail properties that have a rateable value of £51,000 or less that are wholly or mainly being used as shops, restaurants, cafes and drinking establishments. Under this scheme, eligible ratepayers will receive a one third discount of their final bill. The definition of retail properties will follow that adopted from the previous retail relief scheme in 2014/15 and 2015/16. The relief will have effect for 2019/20 and 2020/21. It will be the Council's intention to award the relief automatically where the qualifying criteria are clearly satisfied. State aid rules will apply.
Business rates public lavatories relief
The government will introduce 100% business rates relief for all public lavatories to help keep these important local amenities open.
Business rates local newspaper discount
The government will continue the £1,500 business rates discount for office space occupied by local newspapers in 2019-20